Left in the Nest:
There was only one little sparrow left in the nest, as the others had
flown away. Why this one stayed, no one knew. The nest was
high up under an old bridge under which flowed a little stream that
gurgled as it ran over the stony bed.
One day, the little bird peeped over the edge of the warm nest, and
fluttered his wings. And do you know what happened? Oh no!
He fell and landed with a splash in the stream as his little
wings were too weak to fly. Fortunately, his feathers kept him
afloat and he started to drift down the stream. He floated out
from under the bridge and his mother darted down, scolding at the top
of her voice.
Strugling in the Water!
The mother bird flew around as the baby bird struggled in the water,
sinking lower and lower as his feathers became wet and heavy. But,
Someone was watching over him, and I know God watches over each one of
A current in the water pushed the little sparrow closer to the bank.
But, the bank was steep and although he tried hard, he just
couldn't climb out of the water. His struggling grew weaker and
just as he seemed to resign himself to a watery death, a tuft of grass
appeared on the water's edge.
Some fisherman had trodden the grass tuft down, and now it trailed over
the water. The current drifted the little bird nearer and nearer,
until with a joyful chirp, he grasped the grass with his beak. He
scrabbled with his feet and wearily climbed onto dry land!
The Bible tells us that not one sparrow will fall to the ground without
God knowing about it (Matthew 10:29-31). So don't be afraid - you
are worth more than many sparrows! God had been watching over
that sparrow and now he was safe, but far away from his nest.
No more Nest!
The little bird's mother flew down and led him under a bush where he would
be safe. Over the next two days she brought him food and he would
flap his wings in greeting each time she came. He did not realise
it, but his wings were growing stronger!
He was singing on the third day as the sun came up and it seemed as if he
was singing praise to his Heavenly Father. His mother brought him
a juicy worm for breakfast and he flapped his wings, and yes - he flew!
His wings were strong and his mother joined him as he flew high in
the air. The last you saw of him was a graceful bird who could
swoop and dive to his heart's content!
The Apple of God's Eye:
There is a song that says, "His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He
watches over me." Yes, we are the apple of God's eye, and He
watches over us and protects us from harm and bad things, just as He
watched over that little sparrow.