What is Man That You Are Mindful of Him?

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When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,

The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,

What is man that You are mindful of him,

And the son of man that You visit him?

Psalm 8:3-4

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More value than these

This morning I found a beautiful butterfly in my dog's water bowl. I thought he was dead. But when I plucked him out of the water, his wings fluttered just a wee bit. I felt so sorry for him. He was too water sodden to fly. I put him out in the grass, hoping he would dry out and be able to fly, but doubtful that he would. Immediately my mind went to the time Jesus told his disciples "Not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it" (Matt. 10:19b). Isn't that a precious thought? Sparrows are not viewed by man as significant birds. They are tiny, bland colored, and very common; and in Jesus day, they were only worth a copper coin to two. Personally, I love to watch the sparrows gather on my lawn in droves and peck at the ground for any little seed. They are so cute when their little feet seem to resist the morning dew a bit. But back in Jesus' day, and today, we are more taken with pretty birds, bigger birds, birds that represent something we consider special (e.g. Bald eagles).

In Matthew 6:26, Jesus once again uses his care and love for these seeming insignificant birds to show us that as much as he cares for them, he values us far more, and will more so take care of us. "Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?" We should not worry nor be afraid, he watches over us.

Jesus goes on to say in the next two verses of Matthew 10, "And the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows (vs. 30-31). When I go to clean my hairbrush, I am always struck by how much hair is in it. Can you imagine counting the hairs on your head? Can you fathom why God would? And yet he does. He cares about the big things, and the most minute and seemingly insignificant details about the universe and about us.

Look at the birds of the air

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Seek ye first

There are several places in Scripture where God talks about the innumerable sands of the sea, and stars in the sky. He promised Abraham he would make his descendants as numerable as all the grains of sand in the world, and the stars in the heavens. God knows every infinitesimal detail of the universe. We are but one of those, yet he promises to protect us, love us, cherish us, and provide for us. We are admonished not to worry or be afraid, not to sweat the big stuff or the small stuff, because He is sovereign, full of glory and loving kindness, and works all things together for good, for those who love him, and are called according to his purpose.

I love the way he ends Matthew 6:

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you (vs. 33). That should be our focus in life, living in and advancing the kingdom of God and trust him to deal with and take care of the all the rest.

© 2012 Lori Colbo

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B Lucy 4 years ago from Podunk, Virginia

What a beautiful hub.


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bearnmom 4 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

You have teased the mind to capture the meaning behind the readings of the bible. Good job.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Isn't it beautiful how the Holy Spirit brings lessons and remembrance to us from these little occurrences? Your compassion for God's tiny defenseless creature brought you to His great attention. How awesome! Thanks for the devotional. It is wonderfully written and poignant.


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

LS,

Voted up, beautiful, and interesting. That common thread, I would never have thought of.


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Ericdierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Thanks for putting a little wind beneath my wings.


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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

What a beautiful writing from a beautiful heart. I think of that passage of the sparrow very much, it is a good reminder of how much God does love us. I will have to give some thought now to the other comparisons. Thank you.


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Fiddleman 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

A great write and a blessing to know the Creator loves us so much


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Nikki Major 4 years ago

Simply BEAUTIFUL......


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now)

Hi lambservant, It is good to know that the word is ever present in your mind. When this is so, we know that He is walking with us. He does indeed know every single detail and since He knows them, we do not have to know it all, we simply have to walk with Him and let Him guide us. Leaning on the infinite wisdom of God will lead us to eternal life.


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Ericdierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Whoa North Wind. That is right on. I really like the hubspace deal, right about now I turn on my nighlty news and get excited and uplifted. Of course I get all my news right here.


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lambservant 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest Author

North wind, very insightful comment. Thank you all for stopping by.


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Rina Pinto 4 years ago from Dubai - UAE

Dearest Lambservant .. HowAwesome are His thoughts of and for His creation .. every little detail has been capture by Him in His Mind and His Heart .. when He created us so Beautifully in HIs image n His Likeness .. Loved every bit of it here as the common thread .. voted up as Beautiful , Interesting, Awesome & Useful .. God Bless you for sharing His heart here with us .. and His Beautiful thoughts of Stars, Sand, Sparrows, Hairs .. Loved it


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lambservant 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest Author

thank you Rina, God bless.


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

That scripture is one of my favorite - I memorized it as a young child and though I could not now quote it all correctly, I often go to that passage for encouragement and inspiration! Thank you for putting this up here. Enjoying the song right now also.


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bearnmom 4 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Thank you, I needed the reminder today. This is one of the most inspirational parables that Christ gave us.


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lambservant 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest Author

Thank you for stopping by and commenting frogy and bear. Christ was brilliant in the word pictures he used to drive home a message. What a precious message it is.

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