God is counting. God is counting my hair and numbering my days. He hasn’t forgotten me or abandoned me or decided to not take care of me. God says we matter. No one is forgotten by God. How would your life change today if you actually believed it?
6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. 7 Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
My first question, of course, was “Why were people buying sparrows?” The answer, according to commentaries, is sparrow kebab. No kidding. Makes sense in a land and time when there were many poor and needy people. A couple of pennies gets you five kebabs. Mmmmm…. sparrow….
Hair is a personal issue for me. I’m running short. We aren’t sure how this story ends, yet we know that the plot is quite thin. Certainly on top. And at the crown. My Dad has been holding on quite well, and both grandfathers kept a good coif going to the end. Sufficed to say that God has less work to do counting my hairs.
The point is, God is counting.
God is counting my hair and numbering my days. He hasn’t forgotten me or abandoned me or decided to not take care of me. Is that your concern? Worry thrives on our lack of faith.
Worry tells us that we need a plan because God won’t be there. Worry says we should find our value and worth in the things of the world because otherwise we are not valued. We need money or power or relationship or friends or beauty or we don’t matter.
God says we matter. No one is forgotten by God. Each one of us is worth more than many sparrows, and God remembers each sparrow from life to death.
So what if you believed that God values you and knows your name and numbers your hairs? How would that change today? How would that impact your needs and your pursuits? How would that change your self-image and your propensity to worry?
Google will tell you that the average head has 100,000 hair follicles. Each follicle grows about 20 hairs per lifetime, and you lose, on average, 100 hairs per day. This is way too much like math problem from high school. How many hairs? Ask God…