“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

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A dead bird spoke to me the other night.

I was walking through our neighborhood when my downward gaze was met by a dead bird lying in the gutter.

The gray bird had a pointy head like a blue jay, and since I’m no ornithologist, I’ll just call it a gray jay.

I began to wonder how Mr. Gray Jay met his end. Did he get hit by a car? Did his stomach explode after eating some rice at a wedding? Did he die of old age?

I will never know, but I am pretty sure I can rule out rice because I think that is a myth purported by wedding planners who don’t want to sweep up a bunch of rice after the bride and groom leave.

But as I walked, I realized there is someone who does know. And He doesn’t just know, He cares.

In Matthew 10:29-31 Jesus says, “‘Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.’”

According to some estimates, between 200 and 400 billion birds live on earth—and God keeps track of them all.

That’s pretty comforting.

If the God of the universe cares about billions of birds, He’s also watching over you and me.

Jesus said, “‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 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? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?’” (Matthew 6:25-27).

I had a lot of things on my mind that night as I walked, but a dead bird reminded me not to worry, and I began to hum an old song about sparrows.

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,

Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven and home,

When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is He:

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

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>What causes you to worry?

>How can you place your trust in God when you feel anxious?

>What Bible verses remind you not to worry?