If you know me at all, you know I really don’t like winter. I don’t like snow, and I just really don’t enjoy being cold. So now I live in Colorado, a state known both for its snow and its sunshine and its affinity for having both in the same day.
But the other day the snow (yes, it already came) reminded me of something lovely.
It is the kids fall break this week so I am nannying full time, which has meant playing a lot of street soccer and Connect 4. We were toughing it out playing soccer even though it was freezing, and the snowflakes all of a sudden started coming down. I sat down in one of the camp chairs we were using as a goal post, and started to notice the snowflakes as they landed on me. About the size of a button, each had an intricate design and incredible detail.
Then I was amazed because as they touched the ground or my clothes, they melted immediately. They lived a life only lasting from the sky to the ground, yet each had detail and design so unique and complex.
Matthew 10:29-31 says, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
Apparently back when Jesus said this, sparrows were used as sacrifices. They would be sold to the poor and were worth basically nothing. Jesus is saying that even this little useless animal is cared for and known by God. So you – who are created in the image of God, reflecting His goodness and beauty – how much more must He love and care for you? How much more deeply does He know you?!
Even the snowflakes that come down only to coat the ground are designed intricately by God. “Even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” Not only is God aware of you, but He knows every detail of your life.
He knows your heart and your desires for your life. He knows the emotions you are feeling when no one else can read you. He knows every conversation you will have tomorrow. Most importantly, He loves you beyond measure.
More than the sparrows, more than the snowflakes.