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Sparrow Watching

Matthew 10:29-31, 6:26

As I sat in a radiologist’s waiting room for my first ever mammogram, I read a pamphlet that said those with breast cancer survive 10 years, and I thought to myself, “I need more time! I have two girls to raise.” Through the quiet times I have with God in the mornings, He has opened His word to me on many occasions. Waiting to have more mammograms is no woman’s favorite thing and waiting is not my best quality, but in 2 Chronicles 20:15-17, God said to me “For the battle is not yours but God’s. You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions: stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you. Oh Judah and Jerusalem and (Sheree). Do not be afraid: do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow and the Lord will be with you.” The mammograms the next couple of years were at times good while others would send me back to every-three-month checkups.

Sometimes we have to go face the battle and not retreat! Too many times we run from the battles in life, only to miss seeing the victory God has for us! When the next mammogram surprised us all and a biopsy was in the plans, God gave me another message in Isaiah 7 in another battle faced by His people. He said “It will not take place, it will not happen and if you do not stand firm in your faith you will not stand at all.” Two days before the biopsy, after pulling under the carport of our country home, I sat to finish listening to the song “His Eye Is On The Sparrow”, I thought to myself, “I’ll ask God, if everything is going to be all right help me to see a sparrow”, but I stopped myself and said, “I am not going to do God that way”. He had already given me several scriptures to stand on. As I continued to listen I thought to myself, “where is a sparrow when you need one?” and as soon as I finished that thought a sparrow flew under athe carport just inches from the window of my Suburban and rested on a pipe on the corner and remained there until the song was over, then hopped out of sight. As I turned to reach for my purse in the opposite seat, a sparrow flew past the other window and out to our barn. Mike, my husband, said “You know Sheree, God must have a sense of humor with you. After He has assured you with scriptures, He says, ‘OK lady, here’s a sparrow, too’.” The sparrow, to me, did not mean that everything would be like I wanted it, but it did mean that God was in control and taking care of me.

P.S. The biopsy was benign and at the last check-up while waiting in the radiologist’s office once again, the T.V. had a popular talk show on. A young woman was thanking her husband for seeing her through breast cancer. At the end of her thank you she sang the song… (you guessed it) “His Eye Is On The Sparrow”. My mammogram was the best one ever. By the way, my doctor prays for his patients.

Praise the Lord, His eye is on the sparrow and I know he watches me. I hope this painting gives you peace knowing He watches you too, and you will rest in His hand no matter what the circumstance.

Creating for Him,
Sheree Moates