Monday, March 2, 2015
For His Eye Is On the Sparrow...
Three years ago my girls got three little rodent sisters as pets. Although not my first pick for a pet, gerbils seemed like a good salve to put on my eldest daugher Xena's heart after our cat died. We didn't want another cat, so after four or five years of her mourning him and begging for another feline, we decided to put her focus on something else with fur. Welcome our little desert rodents.
I must admit I fell in love with them right away. I could often be caught staring at the gerbil tank, just watching them play, dig tunnels, and scurry around their home. I even would take them out to croon at them in that silly voice reserved for babies and puppies. Last summer we had to deal with one of the sweethearts getting sick and dying. It was Xena's gerbil that died and it was a tough time for her. She was heartsick. I asked her if she would take over the care of "my" gerbil Lucy. She gladly accepted, and life kept moving on, in that way it tends to do. Life, is once again gearing up to give us another blow.
In gerbil years, three is considered elderly. C'sa's little gerbil friend Sally is fighting the good fight, but I fear she is going to lose that fight very soon, if not tonight. I have spent the last day and a half stalking their tank, checking her breathing, hand feeding and watering her, and just stopping to gaze. I have tried to brace my tender hearted girl for the stark reality of what is coming, but this evening it became too much. My baby girl was in a puddle of tears at the simple thought of her gerbil dying.
This is what love looks like.
I reminded her that the Lord created every living thing and cares for all of them. His care extends to the lilies of the valley, the sparrows, and the little desert rodents. As much as she loves Sally, Christ loves C'sa a gazillion times more. So much that He sacrificed His life for hers. A God that big wouldn't forget His smallest creatures.
I hope I reassured my girls that their little friends were loved by the One who created them. They can trust Him to see to every detail, even the furry ones...
I sing because I'm happy
I sing because I'm free
For His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me