God loves and cares for the sparrows. God clothes the lilies of the field with such beaury even though most of them will never be seen. God loves us so much even the hairs of our heads are numbered.
We used to tease my uncle whose head resembled the proverbial cue ball, and say, “In your case it is not a big deal. I could do that. Let’s see: 1, 2, 3. Done!”
However, let’s think seriously about those words of Jesus for a moment.
Jesus doesn’t say things without their having meaning for us. So what does it mean, “The very hairs of your head are numbered”? Losing a hair is an everyday experience for most of us. We do not stop to check how many hairs are caught in our brush or comb. We simply pull them out of the bristles or teeth and toss them away. So much for one hair or two or three.
Why did Jesus make such a big thing of it by telling us that God, the great, powerful, loving Creator, knows how many hairs we have? I think it might be because he wanted to impress on us that God wants to be a part of everything in our lives, even things we barely notice.
On the refrigerator in our kitchenette, there is (among several others) a magnet that reads: God wants to be a part of every little bitty, teeny tiny, itsy bitsy part of your life. So what are the little bitty parts of your life? Make a list. That might include:
- brushing your teeth 9. fiddling with the filter
- washing your hands 10. measuring the coffee grounds
- combing your hair 11. measuring the water
- stumbling for your slipper 12. pouring the water
- trudging to the kitchen 13. plugging in the coffee pot
- opening the fridge 14. smelling the brewing coffee
- taking out the butter 15. pulling out a piece of bread
- grabbing a napkin 16. popping bread in the toaster
…and all that is before you begin your breakfast! Just think! God wants to be part of each and every action, thought, smile, frown, feeling, etc., etc., etc.
Now, it doesn’t seem possible for us to be aware of God at all those seconds. But maybe it would be a good idea to try to recognize God’s interest now and then. AND the more we do it now and then, the more often we will do it. Marvelous isn’t it! The 16 things before breakfast are not complete, and some may be very different from our own. So, make your own list; maybe from breakfast to going to work, or doing the chores, or driving to the grocery. You get the idea.
Now we have only been discussing the little things that occur. Our task is also to see God in those things. As put so well by Pearl Bailey,
“People see God every day: They just don’t recognize Him.”
So, seek God. God wants to be found by you.
Where will you see God next?!
Peace and Beauty be yours today and always.
Oldenburg Franciscan Center
Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg