Eagle. Peacock. Sparrow. If you had a choice, which would you rather be? I’d venture to say that most of us would want to be a soaring eagle. Or even a beautiful peacock. But I would guess that not many of us would choose to be a sparrow. They are common, indistinct, and you see them everywhere. There seems to be nothing particularly special about them. And yet . . .
God chose them as an example of how much He cares for us!
Matthew 10:29, 31 – “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father . . . Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
God has a habit of using the ordinary, common, even average to show us the beauty of His work. He even chose an average and (as one commentary says) unimpressive body and appearance for Jesus, the Son of God.
Isaiah 53:2 – “he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire Him.”
Why does God choose average? Because the common, the average, the “nothing special” shows forth just how great He is and how much He loves us. He doesn’t love us based on our beauty, on our worth, on our works. He loves us because He chooses to do so.
As one of my favorite books, the Jesus Storybook Bible, says
“they were lovely because He loved them.”