“Cent”imental Worth

  • Posted on September 11, 2013 at 5:31 PM


Today as I sat down to write, I heard a thump on my patio window. I went out to see a little bird lying upside down. I turned the bird over, thankful his heart was beating. But he didn’t move.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

It reminded me of a boating experience earlier this summer when my family was out enjoying an afternoon on the lake. We tied an inflated inner tube to the back of the boat and took turns being pulled on the tube for fun. 

I didn’t want to disappoint my teenage boys by being a “wimp”. Gripping the handles of my tube for dear life, I gave the boys a quick thumbs up that I was “ok”. What I didn’t realize was that a thumbs up actually meant I wanted to go faster…

After three scattered thumbs up, I wondered how my ride would end. I tightened my abs and thought, “Keep my core tight”. If I did, any injuries would be lessened.

Suddenly, a huge gust of wind mixed with the speed of the boat propelled my tube and me eight feet into the air.

Newton’s third law of gravity at once became frighteningly real to me: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction!

The inevitable force with which I found myself descending was daunting.

 boat flying

At impact, I felt only pain. All I could do was lay there and try desperately to breathe. In the distance, I could hear my sons calling to me, but I couldn’t respond. The wind had been knocked out of me. Back in the boat, I felt battered and bruised and noticed that my brand new swim suit was as beat up as me.


So today when I heard the little bird smack into the window, compassion filled my heart. I gently touched its back and supplied water and seed. Every few minutes, I checked on my new friend. Finally, he flew away.                                                                                        

It reminded me of the verse in the Bible that says not even one sparrow will fall to the ground without the Father knowing about it. The verse says that God knows the numbers of hairs on our heads. He’s in the details of our lives because He cares. Just as my heart longed to help this injured bird, God Almighty longs to help each of us too!

Wherever you find yourself today, remember a bird can’t fall without God knowing about it and God will be with you to help you, so rest in His care. He loves you because you have great “cent”imental worth.


Matthew 10:29-31

Not even a sparrow, worth only half a penny, can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered.(NLT)



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