His Eye Is On The Sparrow

If you’ve lived long enough, you might remember the song, “His Eye Is on the Sparrow.”  Beautiful message about God watching over even the little bird…if His eye is on the sparrow, we know He watches us, too.  This truth comes from Matthew when Jesus says, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they?”

Recently as I interviewed world renowned evangelist, author and motivational speaker, Nick Vujicic, I noticed a tiny bird had landed at our feet and looked up at us as if to say, “I came to hear Nick, too.  Don’t forget about me.” Distracted by the bird, I brought it to Nick’s attention as he wisely recognized that it was indeed a sparrow and how God cares for us even more.

God cares for Nick even though he was born with no arms or legs.  Bullied in elementary school, 10-year old Nick contemplated suicide until he realized that God created him with a purpose.  And what a purpose indeed! Nick has spoken to over 8 million people around the world, including the United Nations. He unapologetically encourages people to put their faith in Jesus Christ and to live their lives with purpose.

Nick understands challenges and obstacles, yet he is an overcomer.  He swims, plays golf, skydives, and even types 45 words per minute. He is living proof that with God nothing is impossible.  Nick even keeps a pair of shoes in his closet just in case God chooses to heal him and grow him some feet! He lives life without limitations.  That’s the kind of faith and courage I want to be living.

The day I interviewed Nick was really cold, and our set was outside.  I wore my heavy winter coat. Nick asked me to adjust his jacket as he was cold, too.  Imagine having to ask a stranger for such a simple task. I remember about mid-way through the interview, my nose started dripping.  (I know that’s gross, and a talk show host shouldn’t have to face such an embarrassing dilemma, but hey, I’m human…and I was cold.)  I had no tissue on me, and I couldn’t stop the interview, so I just hoped the camera was focused on Nick as I used my coat sleeve to wipe my nose.  Awful, I know! But I also thought, what if that had been Nick with the drippy nose? He had no way to take care of such a personal problem. I was instantly grateful for the use of my limbs.  (And happy Nick didn’t have to ask me to wipe his nose on camera!)

I left my interview with Nick wondering why I ever complain about anything.  With each passing day, we all grow weaker and older, but our daily challenges pale in comparison to Nick’s.  I can pick up my Bible, easily flip the pages, read a devotional and jump up to go to my next activity of the day without so much as a thought about how grateful I should be for my health.  I can adjust my own jacket, wipe my drippy nose and take care of all my personal needs. Nick had to be carried onto the set by his assistant as he didn’t want to do the interview in his wheelchair.  He wants a normal life, but he is anything but normal. Nick is a superstar…a star for Jesus, and I was honored to spend a few minutes with him. I came away encouraged and reminded to be thankful to God for the little things.  We all have purpose, regardless of our circumstances and challenges, and we need to be about that every moment of every day, living our lives for Jesus.