Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-30
It’s worth telling again. We all have told a good joke that we relish telling again and again. Or perhaps there a story that is just too good to tell only once. Well, this is one of those stories. Last year, in the early days of Grits, before the Grits Facebook page and before the website, I wrote a story about something that happened on a Friday. And trust me…it was pretty amazing. You see, I’m one of those people who believe that God is always working. And on that particular day, I think He looked down from heaven and decided I was going to need a little extra help. It goes like this.
So, it was Friday and Judy tricked me into some really laborious yard work. I kinda volunteered to rebuild a flower bed and ended up being drafted to build a sidewalk next to the flower bed. It involved moving and setting 28 of those 16 by 16 concrete paving things and 15 of those blocks that you use to build a wall. Well, several hours later we had a sidewalk and a small wall with a new flower bed. It looks awesome. She was tired…I was exhausted.
I showered up, sat on the couch for a while and then decided I needed to pick up the garage. Our nightly vacation rental property is over our garage and due to a lack of storage space there were several containers of winter decorations from there that had taken up residence. Either the car or the containers had to go. I voted for the containers.
So, I pulled both cars out of the garages (yes garages…we have two…go figure.) In the smaller garage where my car is parked there is a storage shelf–an obvious new home for the stuff that Judy had put in the other garage. Well, to make a long story shorter I started rearranging the shelf to make room for the stuff. Finally, I began to move the heavy containers and I began to mutter. It went like this, “I’m too tired to be messing with this stuff. I didn’t create the mess so why am I having to fix it.” Honestly, I got just a little mad.
So, I finally got everything where it would now live but there were three winter doormats still on the floor. I picked them up and carried them to the basement in our house. I came out to finish and close up shop. As I looked in my garage–there it was. I had a tool rack mounted on the wall. It held rakes, shovels, brooms, clippers…you name it. It was seven feet long and heavy. I hadn’t touched it but there it was on the garage floor–all of it. It didn’t fall down–it fell out–right where my car would have been if it had been in the garage. Trust me it would have left more than a few small scratches. We are talking “lions and tigers and bears–oh my.”
So, my first thought was what in the world happened? Well obviously, the wall anchors holding the rack had failed. But my second thought–literally–was my car wasn’t in the garage for one reason–I had cleaned up Judy’s mess. If I hadn’t done that–it would have been, well, never mind. Now I drive a five-year-old vehicle by choice, but I have always tried to take care of our vehicles. I figured if I am going to drive an older car it might as well look good.
So, I am amazed–not that I got the garage picked up; not that the thing with the tools fell off the wall, but that my Father carefully orchestrated a series of events to make sure my car wasn’t in the way. “Dewayne, do you really think that God cares about such things?” No…I don’t think…I know. And that’s not all. I am certain that when I finally get to heaven, I am going to be amazed at the things He did that I didn’t even know about.
Now I know we continue to be frustrated and maybe even discouraged about the events that surround us. Just remember what Jesus said in Matthew 10:29-30 “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
Fear not. Hey, crazy world…fear not. Hey, uncertain future…fear not. Watch out new normalcy…fear not. High gas prices…fear not. Remember, if you know Jesus then God knows you. You call Him Dearest Father and He calls you His child. Trust me, you are of more value to Him than many sparrows. So, rest in Him. He can move cars and mountains. He’s got this. Bro. Dewayne