His Eye is on the Sparrow

Below is a message I received last night from a very sweet friend of mine who has always been an awesome source of support and encouragement to me, especially during the last three years.  I wanted to not only share it with all of you, but also record it here for myself.  After all, this is a story of my journey from expectation to manifestation and how foolish would I be to leave out any of the details.  What if one day, the significance of her hearing the number ten several times throughout the last two years while praying for me, the finding of the bird nest on the first day of October (the tenth month in a calendar year), and her diligence in praying for our baby bird for the next ten days mean something?  What if one day it all comes together like pieces in a puzzle?  I may not know or understand now if any of this means anything, but I still want to make sure every detail is recorded so that when the time comes and all of the pieces to the puzzle are in place, God alone will get all of the glory for this story.

I wanted to share a picture of something special and I believe to be prophetic that I discovered this morning.  So, being that this is the first day of October, my mind was on you.  Ever since I hard the number ten when praying for you, I can’t help but wonder if it will have significance with a certain date or time, so needless to say, I was thinking about you on this first day of the tenth month.

First your dad stopped by to tell me he was changing out our meter-no biggie.  However it got me thinking about you and that always leads me to pray for you.  Then, my mom and I were out picking up apples (again) from where they had fallen out of our apple tree.  I then decided to get a ladder.  I, like you, am not a fan of heights and have a fear of falling so I am not quite sure why I decided I needed to do this, but I just felt compelled despite there being plenty on the ground.

Anyway, there I am on the ladder, thinking about you and Dan and praying for you both, when I look and right there is the tiniest, most adorable bird’s nest I have ever seen.  It was formed around a branch, which I don’t believe was a coincidence.  John 15:5 says, “I am the vine; you are the branches.  If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”  I gently removed the nest and showed my mom.  She said it looked like a sparrow’s nest and immediately the words to an old hymn came back to me…“His eye is on the sparrow…”

I couldn’t remember the rest of the words so I looked them up tonight and knew I needed to send you this message.  As I read the words to the song, I couldn’t help but cry tears of joy.  God is so good and He loves us so much!  So I am going to copy and past the words here and I’m attaching a picture of the nest.  I am completely wowed by how God chooses to talk to His kiddos and it always blesses me to hear so clearly from Him.  I pray it blesses you as well.

I’m keeping the bird’s nest out on my counter for the next ten days of October and every time I see it, I’ll be praying for you, Dan and your baby bird.  Jesus has His eye on you and your nest…it won’t be empty for long, so sing because you are happy and sing because you are free!

His Eye is on the Sparrow

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,

Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heav’n and home,

When Jesus is my portion?  My constant friend is He 

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;

His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.

I sing because I am happy, I sing because I am free,

For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Let not your heart be troubled, His tender word I hear,

And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears:

Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,

When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,

I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Birds Nest

Another interesting twist to this story is that just this past week I was wishing and even said out loud to myself that I wanted a real birds nest to display inside my house.  I used to have one that my Grandma gave to me years ago but unfortunately I had to throw it away this past year due to it falling apart and making a mess.  But God is so good and even cares about the little things I want because guess who gets a bird nest in ten days?  THIS GIRL!  Whoo hoo! 

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56 thoughts on “His Eye is on the Sparrow

  1. So sweet! That song does have so much comfort in it. I remember singing that song as a child. I love how sweet your friend was in sending this to you and taking the time to pray for you. That is a true friend for sure! 🙂

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  2. What a sweet friend! Thank you Jesus for your prophetic visions and words! This is so so so so stinking encouraging Elisha – I love that she was obedient to share! Thank you Lord for birds nests!!! He watches over us!

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    • The nifty thing is that just this week I was wishing I had a real birds nest for my house. I used to have one but it fell apart and I had to throw it away about a year ago. Guess who gets a birds nest in ten days? THIS GIRL! WHOO HOO!

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  3. Love this, Elisha! So awesome to have someone on your corner praying for you and sending you encouragement. I’m so excited to see your story play out! I just love a good story 😉 I think that’s one of the things that keeps me going with my infertility journey, I just know that God is going to tie it all together in an exciting way and He’ll give me a good story to tell. Perhaps it’s my mom’s influence that gives me a love for story telling – she’s a romance writer and has several books out. No offense to my mom, though, but Jesus writes the best stories of all!

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  4. It’s so wonderful to have a friend who is so in tune with God’s words for them and can so quietly observe around them. This incident reminds me of one of my favorite song: “I will run to you” by Hillsong. The first line is “Your eye is on the sparrow, and Your hand it comforts me”.

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  5. Praise God for His goodness. What an incredible blessing to have a friend like that! And how wonderful that she sent you that note! So happy for you and I’m going to be praying extra hard for you too!

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  6. How precious, sweet, and encouraging!! I pray October is our special month!! ❤ We're gonna get our baby birds! God showed me a baby hummingbird and it's continues to reappear, on days I'm really discouraged too. I decided there needed to be a baby hummingbird in our nursery one day!

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  7. For one I always love reading your post. God never brings people together on accident there is always a reason. This verse came to my mind when I read your post.
    Psa 84:3 Even the sparrow has found a home, And the swallow a nest for herself, Where she may lay her young– Even Your altars, O LORD of hosts, My King and my God.
    God is making that perfect time for you there is no doubt.
    For one God is still working and I know he is in the miracle business and any cild conceived is a miracle and a bit of heaven from him.

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  8. Elisha this made me feel whole and at peace this morning. (Which i definitely needed. These last few days has been rough with a sick little one 😦 ) It was an awesome feeling! This is amazing and I cant wait to see what great things god has in store for you 😀

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    • Lilly, I want to be angry about this but there must be a reason Elisha’s blog to you is what honey is to a bee. Elisha, If anyone needs your prayers it must be her. You handled the situation beautifully as always

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      • I am endlessly entertained by stupid people, so yeah, bee — honey. 🙂 Also a good place to compile examples of attribution error and the thin line between religion and mental illness. A nest in a TREE? By golly, that’s almost as inexplicable and unheard of as milk in the dairy section, or water in a lake, or morons in church!

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      • Regardless of your opinion it’s always best to treat people the way you would want to be treated. I just don’t see how belittling someone for their beliefs could possibly have any benefit for anyone, your self included. You don’t need to share the same beliefs as Elisha, but as a fellow human being who has done no wrong to you she, she does deserve to be treated with kindness and respect. If you do not agree with her life style choices or beliefs why not simply unfollow or not read her blog? That seems like the most logical thing to do. Wouldn’t you agree Lily?

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      • YOU don’t have to believe, for the gifts that Elisha receives to be real and beautiful. Just because they aren’t the same gifts you receive, or think she should receive, and don’t fall in line with what you think, doesn’t mean a thing. Faith is seeing with your heart, and not your eyes.

        1 Corinthians 15:33 – Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

        Psalms 14:1 – The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

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    • Hi Lily,
      There have been many times I’ve thought about responding to your posts, but today it’s more than just my personal response I want to give, its God’s.
      You may see finding a bird’s nest in a tree as a likely coincidence, but for it to be found at the exact moment I’m praying for my friend who’s blog is named waiting for baby bird, built around a branch in a tree where there are a thousand other things to see and find- that’s divine appointment. And while I have about a hundred other things I’d like to be doing on this gorgeous Saturday morning, I believe God has a divine appointment for us today as well. So here is what He wants you to know… You are Loved. Simple. Now, given your responses to Elisha’s blog posts, I’d say you will have a hard time receiving that. You’ve been hurt in a big way or maybe repeatedly hurt and rejected. And while I don’t know or understand your story or circumstances, I too have been hurt, and that’s where my compassion for you stems. And I also know that the further I drew away from God and truth, the more I bought into the lie that I had control of my life.
      I saw a girl yesterday while visiting a friend at the hospital. She was sitting alone in the corner of the cafe on her laptop typing furiously on Facebook and she sadly reminded me of you. It was at the exact moment that God showed me your pain, Lily. You sit alone even when you are surrounded by people. And He wants you to know you are loved today. He watches you, too. And while you don’t allow Him to come close to you, you have the power to draw close to Him. At any time- anywhere. Churches are filled with imperfect people (and yes, probably a few “morons”) but just like you don’t go to a store to “buy” the employees, don’t go to church expecting to “buy in” to the people there. Buy in to the truth that comes from knowing that you are loved by God. That’s how people like Elisha and I became “sold out” Christians- unwavering now in our faith that His plan is best for us because no one loves us like our Daddy. It’s a gift we’ve been able to receive, and I pray that you will be able to receive it one day too. It’s a good gift :). It brings peace…and who knows what else might be in that gift for you… 🙂

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  9. what a neat story! praying for you….and regarding the ever-so-sarcastic, Lily….pretty pathetic and sad she has something negative to add…always. one word: karma

    hugs to you

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  10. Love this post, love that song, love that prophetic message. Love everything about the way God is working in your life and through people who know you. Wow. Just wow. I can NOT CAN NOT wait to see how your miracle unfolds. I’m watching!

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    • I can NOT CAN NOT wait either! 🙂 He is so faithful and I know it will happen. I just need to remain patient and continue to enjoy the life that He has given me now.

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    • I totally agree! I know it all seems silly to some, but a person can’t deny that “feeling” one has when God speaks. It’s something that can’t be described but felt.

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  11. God bless ur friend. And that verse is something I needed right this moment too. I just read ur post today….but i too will pray for u for the next 10 days 🙂 may this month bring u all that u wish for and more. God bless u!

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  12. I love how God is always encouraging you! Hang on, girl! Your time is coming!!! (And thank you for your last card!! It was SO timely, the day before a sonogram, and I had HUGE anxiety. So thank you for listening to the Holy Spirit! Can’t tell you what a blessing you are!!! xoxo)

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