February 7, 2016

Luke 12:6-7 “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

This is a well-known passage, yet in practical terms we often forget it. It seems improbable to us that we, even, would be of much concern to God, but here Jesus is assuring us that even sparrows are not forgotten. To emphasize that, Jesus made the very famous statement about the hairs on our heads. One of my seminary professors, who wore a toupee, had a bumper sticker that quoted verse 7 and then added, “and of your wig, too!” I personally think a sense of humor is an important part of how we are created in the image of God, because it is a powerful tool for coping with the vagaries of life. That said, we all have a tendency not to trust God’s loving concern for us. We need Peter’s instructions to “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7) Actually, David said it first: “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” (Psalm 55:22) We tend to know that in the abstract, but fail to trust it when push comes to shove. What a loss! The Bible is loaded with instructions not to be anxious, but we struggle with that because we want to be in control, and as long as we are in control, things go badly. That’s an almost universal point of weakness, and the devil attacks us at that point with great frequency and sometimes great ferocity. The only sure defense is to choose to submit to God and abide in Christ, and from that position to resist the devil. (James 4:7)

As I have been writing, this is a time of fairly intense training on this very point. Friday we had a conference with the brain surgeon, and he very kindly and clearly explained everything – in English, no less! That was certainly a gesture of considerable kindness on his part. He did explain all the potential complications, naturally, but assured us that he had been the chief surgeon for five such surgeries in the past year and assistant surgeon for another six, and that he didn’t anticipate major problems. However, he was not cocky, but spoke from calm experience. That was a blessing! At this point one of my biggest concerns is the throat disturbance I’m feeling, because I know that a respiratory infection can be quite dangerous with general anesthesia, and I certainly don’t want Cathy to have that risk factor. I also want to be able to visit her in ICU after the surgery! That said, all I can do is trust God and exercise common sense. This passage is a good reminder of that. God doesn’t leave our faith as theoretical; He tests and grows it with all sorts of things. I am not to rebel or despair at this practicum, but rather rejoice that He loves and trusts us this much, and leave it all in His hands.

Father, thank You for this very timely reminder. Help me release each thing to You, moment by moment, so that I won’t mess things up for myself or for anyone else. I ask You to guide and enable me in every detail so that Your will may be accomplished in it all, on Your schedule for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!


About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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One Response to February 7, 2016

  1. dawnlizjones says:

    Was praying for you this morning. This is a poignant reminder, and although my situation is not nearly as acute as brain surgery, yet things pray on my mind (if I allow them to) and your witness and prayer are right what I needed. AMEN. Keep us posted please.

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