Two Sparrows, One You.
Here are some common questions we have in our heart:
Does God care about me?
Does God care about my situation?
Does God even see me?
Will God provide resources?
Am I out here alone?
Throughout our life, we will have those battles in our thinking and our emotions. It's okay to go to God with your emotions.
One night, I had a dream of instructions from the Lord. It was like God had a list and he read each task one by one. As he read each task, a visual would pop up. God was vividly showing me certain people in my life and what to do for them.
This young girl from church is one of the people on the list. I've taught her in middle and high school bible study for years. God showed me her emotions, her thoughts and her situation. Then at the end, the Lord shows me a certain amount of money to give to her. It was a lot of money.
So I woke up and said nah that wasn't God.
For the next hour or so I felt major conviction. I then asked God for a sign of confirmation if it was indeed him and that I saw the amount right. I had never given any one person that amount of money before in my entire life.
A few hours later, she called me.
Since I see her in church every week anyway, we've only spoken on the phone maybe 3 times in all the years I've known her. On top of that, she's not very vocal, she is very quiet and reserved; she would much rather text than talk on the phone.
So I was pleasantly shocked when I answered the phone. I didn't mention anything, and she called only to ask a question.
A few days later I asked her would she be in church, because I needed to see her. When I saw her, she asked was she in trouble. I laughed, and said no. She's very familiar with how God speaks to me through dreams, so I told her about what the Lord said and showed me. I gladly gave her the money.
(Take note that this story is also a nugget about our own personal obedience.)
With a mixture of shock and emotion, she told me that she had just had a conversation with God and her mom about miraculous provision. She was very sad that things seemed to always happen for other people but not her. She wondered if God saw her. The young lady also told me more about her situation.
Praise Jesus that our Father sees every need we have. God loves you very dearly and wants to provide everything you need, and in his will, everything you want.
What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.
~Matthew 10:29-31 (NLT)
God sees your hurts and tears. He sees your frustrations and anxieties. He knows you better than you know yourself. Hold on to God. Hold on to God's love for you. Take hold of that truth and let it lead your life. Don't let emotions lead your life. Don't let the moment or the situation lead your life. Let the love of God lead your life.
Now, here's one of the things I noticed about this young lady that I believe opened the door for her: she chose to grow in God and she let it be known. Weeks prior, she started participating more in bible study discussions and she invited more of her friends to our events. Once again, she is no social butterfly, but she is authentic. Her own personal life also showed more maturity with decision making.
Let's take a look at the rest of the scripture:
Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.
~Matthew 10:32-33 (NLT)
This is Jesus talking. This scripture will ultimately be about where a person spends eternity, but there is also a present truth here. If Jesus prayed to the Father about God's will being done on earth as it is in heaven, and told us to pray like that as well, that means we can catch glimpses of heaven's culture right now on earth.
Understand this: God is not petty, but God takes notice of people who really love him and really want to get close to him. It's a relationship.
I've learned that it is possible to love two people the same, but have a different relationship dynamic with them. Let's say one person will always get me food and the other person will never get me anything but ask me for everything. You might love them the same, but the one who puts in effort, you will want to do more for them.
When we spend time getting to know who Jesus actually is, our hearts open up to the love of the Father and how much he actually cares for us. He cares about us and our situations.
Do people know who we stand for? Can people see our relationship with God? Our life is a sermon. Does our life reject Christ? Or does our life reveal Christ...
Do we invite people along our walk with Jesus? Do we understand that his life is what gives people life? Do we truly love God? Do we truly love people? What do we do for God?
We always say God is love. He is. So go out and get the people God loves, like the girl did.
And heaven will open up for you.
Heaven opened up for me when I gave her the money.
Jesus is in heaven, literally excited to ask the Father to bless you.