This morning as I parked my car and headed into church, I heard one of my favorite, long-awaited sounds of spring. I know what you’re thinking . . . it must have been a bird, or a sparrow as my title suggests. Well, no. This was actually a man-made sound. It was the distant hum of a lawn mower engine. It is one of the three sounds I anticipate as we move from winter to spring: migrating songbirds, the lawn mower, and the first cricket . . . in that exact order. I’ve now heard two of the three. The third will still be a few weeks away, but I know that spring is well underway.
My title today, “His Eye is on the Sparrow” is a reference to what is a familiar hymn to many. Unlike some of my friends, it’s not a hymn I learned as a child. In fact, I only recently learned this beautiful song during choir rehearsal a few months ago. My heart soars — much like a sparrow — during the refrain:
I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free,
For his eye is on the sparrow,
and I know He watches me.
Last night I attended a Christian concert with some lovely ladies from our church. It was a wonderful night of friendship, fellowship, laughter and great music! The headline band, Mercy Me, led the crowd in an a cappella rendition of the song during their set. I was so glad I knew the words and was able to sing along. What a special reminder about how God cares for all of his creatures!
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? — Matthew 6:26
As we welcomed Song Sparrows back to our yard this week, I’ve also been seeing other signs of spring.
Julie now works at a local nursery and has been doing lots of planting at home. She started an herb garden for me that sits on the steps leading to our patio. The rosemary was beginning to wilt in the house so Julie re-potted it and is hoping to coax it back to life. She also planted parsley, tarragon, thyme and cilantro.
And finally, we are trying a new crop this year . . . strawberries! I may have to battle some of my feathered friends once we have some fruit on the plants. 😉
I hope you are enjoying some signs of spring around your yard and garden too. Have a blessed week!