King Solomon and the Sparrow -By Lois Macdonald

Morning stirs then stretches, peeling back the velvet corners of snug coverings that have kept her warm during the cool night hours. Her golden sunbeams capture a nest-full of downy babes who are just finishing the last chapter of honeyed sweet dreams. Only a few yards further, a tormented figure breaks the silence as he cries out in anguish, “I have seen all the things that are under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” Ecclesiastes 1:14.

As she tilts her head, the small sparrow is unaware that she and her family are in the presence of King Solomon. One would think that a net value of $2.1 trillion dollars (by today’s standards), 700 wives, and unsurpassed wisdom would be cause for celebration, not tears. Nonetheless, in this heart-wrenching moment of truth, the king has concluded that the only thing his wealth and wisdom have brought him, is pride, vanity, and a, more importantly, a loss of faith.  “…the Lord has said…He shall not multiply wives for himself, or else his heart will turn away; nor shall he greatly increase silver and gold for himself.” Deuteronomy 17:16-17.

A soft rustling sound comes from the nearby brush as the watchful mother tries to hush her waking family. Her life stands in complete contrast to his. She does not envy the mighty eagle as he spreads his majestic wings and soars and circles the mountain tops. Contentment is her only adornment. The fragrant essence of peace surrounds her and her modest home of built from twigs. Though it is not a palace, she never wants for anything. Food, water, love is in abundance. She has never considered her reflection dull in comparison to that of the statuesque swan. Instead, her days are spent joyfully praising the Creator, singing, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14.

As morning ends, King Solomon concedes that the blind-faith of this tiny sparrow is far more valuable than all his riches and wisdom put together. 

Jesus uses the sparrow to remind us of God’s compassion and amazing love in this beautiful verse: “Not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. So, don’t be afraid, you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-30.   

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