God’s voice thunders from heaven (Psalm 18:13) but one morning in 2007 He reached me with a whisper. I was driving to visit a wheelchair-bound Christian friend who was struggling at home with health issues. I asked the Lord if He had a Scripture verse I could share to encourage him. After a pause His still small voice answered, “Sparrows.” I immediately thought of Yeshua’s words in Matthew 10:29-31:

Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from you Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

The Lord gave me this passage to comfort my friend on his sickbed. Like the sparrow, the Lord had not forgotten or forsaken him. I parked my car and approached the house with my Bible. Then froze. Dozens of sparrows and finches were crowded around a row of bird feeders in his front yard. I was sent to deliver a blessing but I received one as well: God confirmed I had heard His voice and was on task.

I shared the Matthew passage with my friend. He received it and we had a wonderful time of fellowship. On the drive home I marveled how one word, sparrows, had opened a window for ministry. In the car I whispered to the Lord: You are awesome and amazing. You are God and there is none like You.

Written by Jeff King

Jeff is a retired newspaper journalist in the United States and follower of Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth

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