Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. Matthew 10:29
As I prepare to take flight like that of a sparrow, my mind uncovered a favorite song to sooth me: His Eye Is on the Sparrow. Long ago, there was a woodworker in Nazareth who also considered the birds among His diversions. I make that assumptions, because Jesus frequently referred to birds in his sermons, including the verse above.
It was this theme that caused Civilla Durfee Martin to write this classic hymn on God’s care. Martin was born in Nova Scotia in August 1869. She became a school and music teacher but when she married dr. Martin, an evangelist, she gave up teaching to travel and assist him.
Then in 1905, while in New York, the couple formed a deep friendship with Mr. & Mrs. Doolittle. Mr. Doolittle was an incurable cripple. Mrs. Doolittle had been bedridden for nearly 20 years. Despite their afflictions they lived happy Christian lives, bringing inspiration and comfort to all who knew them. One day Mrs. Martin asked Mrs. Doolittle where they drew their cheerfulness form. Mrs. Doolittle’s reply was simple: “His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.”
The beauty of this simple expression of boundless faith gripped the heart and imagination of Mrs. Martin. The hymn “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” was the outcome of that experience. The day after writing the song, she mailed it to the famous Gospel composer, Charles Gabriel, who penned the music.
How grateful we are for the simple conversation between friends so many years ago. Listen: https://youtu.be/pCfFi8SDz6I