Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? (Matthew 6:26)
Debbie Blue is a founding minister of House of Mercy, a church in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has published a book titled: Consider the Birds: A Provocative Guide to Birds of the Bible.
In the book, Pastor Blue covers the history, theology, and symbolism of birds discussed in the Bible: pelicans, eagles, vultures, ostriches, quail (and also pigeons).
Through these (usually) minor characters we receive poignant life lessons about humanity, faith, and God’s grace. Her thoughts on the sparrow — a common and somewhat nondescript bird — tell us of God’s love.
“God’s eye is on the sparrow. Our eyes are so often on something with a little more prestige… But the Scripture keeps pressing us to hear this: God loves what is ubiquitous. God loves the world — every single part of it — the bland, the ugly, the dingy squishy-faced, the monotonous and grating. There is no way in which God reserves God’s love for what the world finds beautiful or important. God loves the sinner. I believe God might like for us to have some of this love. Have it and share it — widely, all around.”
Jesus told us to consider the birds and recognize that we have nothing to worry about if we trust God to care for our daily needs. Amy Julia Becker reviewed Pastor Blue’s book and suggests that perhaps he also told us to consider the birds because they have much to teach and transform within us.