Cows, sparrows and things insignificant


I came across a story in the Belfast Telegraph newspaper that made me smile (even though I’m far from home I like to keep up with home news). The story is called ‘How an OAP and his old milk float saved a trap cow’ and recounts the antics of a man’s rescue of a trapped pregnant cow using an old milk float after rescuers had failed to rescue the cow for a week. The story made me smile for two reasons – firstly the ingenuity of this old guy and secondly the lengths some people will go to help. Had it have been me I’m afraid the cow would have had no hope. I’m sure the cow has monetary value to the farmer and it seems great sentimental value to the farmer’s wife, but I wonder if I would have made the same effort.

Sometimes we feel like we are too insignificant for people to put such an effort into rescuing. After all I am one of 6,911,057,787. If I was not around it would only be a very small percentage of the population who would notice. Yet given my apparent insignificance God thinks I count and I am worth it. Jesus said that God is ever concerned about little birds:

Matthew 10:29-31  Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. 30  And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31  So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Nothing and no one is too small for God to forget or to go unnoticed. Although somedays I find it hard to believe God thinks that I am worth the most costly and heroic rescue effort (although there are others days when I do think that the world revolves around me, but that is another post!).

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

You see my value is not in significance or even in who I am but it is in whom I am loved by. So today I thank God that he considers me valuable enough.

Beholding Glory

2 Replies to “Cows, sparrows and things insignificant”

  1. This (God thinks I count and I am worth it) reminded me of what I try to tell my kids often, that they have immeasurable worth and value! Sometimes it’s easier for me to tell them that than it is for me to believe it for myself!

  2. Beautiful! Humbling. To think about the All-sufficient, perfect, needs nothing, founder/creator, author of life finds me… All of great worth. And not b/c we’re so great, but b/c He is. Wow.

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