18 December 2012

Why should my heart be lonely? From care He sets me free: His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

This past week, I was blessed with one of the most precious experiences I have ever had. Without saying too much, I was blessed to know, undoubtedly, how very aware the Lord is of me and my struggles. I was touched in a way that has given me a new found sense of hope and direction. It was a testament to me, (not that I needed one), that the Lord is very aware of His children. Our lives, though uncertain and filled with doubts, are a marvelous work of the Lord, and the Lord does not make mistakes. I have been thinking of Matthew 10:31, which says, "Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows." Our perfect Father and Savior are aware of each and every sparrow, so how is it that we can doubt our value to Them? 

I came across a poem the other day, written by a soldier during the U.S. Civil War that has very much resonated with me.

I asked for strength I might achieve. 
He made me weak that I might obey.
I asked for health that I might do greater things.
I was given grace that I might do better things.
I asked for riches that I might be happy.
I was given poverty that I might be wise.
I asked for power that I might have the praise of men.
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life.
I was given life that I might enjoy all things.
I received nothing that I asked for.
All that I hoped for.

There are aspects to this gospel we don't fully understand. There are questions and doubts, but the essence of the gospel is so simple.

He is aware of us and He loves us.
This gospel is true; 
of this I know.