“Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? And yet not one of them is forgotten before God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Luke 12:6-7
“His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.” The truth of this song goes to another level when you experience God’s providential care first hand.
We were in Minneapolis one weekend because I was speaking at a friend’s church on Sunday morning. Our daughters joined us from Winona on Saturday night but were sleeping at a friend’s dorm. Late Saturday night I received a call while in bed: “Dad, the car died. I got it into a parking space but it won’t do anything when I turn the key.” “That’s fine, Honey, we’ll deal with it tomorrow.” How we would get it fixed on a Sunday afternoon in a strange city was beyond me and I needed to sleep, so I just told the Lord I was trusting Him.
We finally got to the stranded car at about 2:00 pm. I got it out of the parking spot and into a large parking lot where it promptly died again. A guy in the parking lot gave me directions to an AutoZone nearby, so I jumped the car again, and headed toward it while the rest of the family followed in our van. Just as I turned the final corner toward AutoZone the car died again. After navigating it over to the curb, I noticed that we were right in front of an auto repair place so I tried the door and it was open! I peeped my head in where a grizzly looking man told me that the shop was closed. He told me he had only stopped by the shop to pick up some tools for a friend; Sunday was his day off. When I told him our predicament he agreed to look at the car.
For a total of $70 he ended up putting in a new battery and an alternator. AutoZone is only a parts store and would not have been able to help us if we didn’t have a mechanic who could put the parts in. We were on our way within an hour!
Maybe there are large things that God hasn’t come through on yet, but don’t let that mystery keep you from experiencing the little ways that He cares for us every day.