His Eye Is On The Sparrow
By DANNY MINTON
The year 2020 will go down in history as a year of discouragement in the minds of many. People are facing despair from all walks of life. Parents and students needing schools to open this fall face a mountain of questions and concerns. Delayed athletic programs, band programs, and school activities leave thousands of children disappointed and in limbo. The beginnings and endings of senior years produced broken hearts and dreams.
The economy brings discouragement to many households. Lost jobs, closed businesses, and cutbacks leave families facing unplanned financial dilemmas. Questions arise on how to pay even the basics of rent, utilities, and food for the family. Some businesses will close for good, unable to continue due to the loss of revenue, affecting their families and families of their employees.
Our government leads at odds with each other. Ordinary people want things to get done and quickly; however, they face discouragement because our leaders can’t seem to get along and work together. Democrats blame Republicans and Republicans blame Democrats. People live in sadness feeling that they live in the middle without being able to do anything about it.
Protests and demonstrations lead the news nightly. “Black Lives Matter,” “Blue Lives Matter,” and “All Lives Matter,” simple phrases that bring controversy from groups upset with each other. Talk between people has given way to violence and hate speech in many cities of the country. People, discouraged because we can’t get along, live in depression, and often in a lonely world.
If we continue to look at the world of 2020 through the eyes of negativity, we will continue to be depressed and discouraged. The real reason we face discouragement and depression is that we are looking for hope in the wrong places. If we look at life through the eyes of the world of 2020, we will never move out of the lowly feelings that exist in our lives. We can only move on when we realize that we need to change where we focus our hope.
Whitney Houston sang a song, “His Eye Is On The Sparrow,” written by Gene Bartlett, Charles Gabriel, and C.D. Martin. Reading and paying attention to the lyrics of the song point us to a direction we must learn to take if we are to lift ourselves out of 2020.
Why should I feel discouraged,
Why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely,
And long for heaven, heaven, and home,
When, when Jesus is my portion,
My constant Friend is He;
Oh, oh-oh, his eye is on the sparrow,
And I know, I know He watches over me.
I sing because I’m happy
I sing because I’m free
For His eye, his eye is on the sparrow,
And I know, I know He watches over me.
Read that last line again, “And I know, I know He watches over me.” Therein lies our hope. Our hope is not in the government. Our hope does not lie in what we can do. Our hope does not lie in who is right and who is wrong. Our hope does not lie in the hands of human beings. All these have a say so in what happens, but they are not where our hope lies.
Our hope for a better world. Our hope for a healthier future. Our hope lies in the hands of our Savior and our Lord. We should hand our disappointments and discouraged lives over to Him. Our God watches over us and will help us make it through the year 2020 and any other year that brings us hardships. He is the light in a world of darkness.
We will make it through 2020 and the months ahead. We will make it because “I know He watches over me.”
“Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?” Matthew 6:26 (NASB)
“Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.“ Matthew 6:31-33 (NASB)
Danny Minton is Pastoral Minister and Elder at Southern Hills Church of Christ