Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Hairs on His Head are Numbered

As Roscoe prepares for surgery today, the verses that run through my head come from Jesus' sermon on the mount, which he delivered near the beginning of his ministry. Like most, my tendency in a situation like this is to worry about the outcome because I cannot control it. Jesus pointed out that extended worrying never helps a situation:
“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?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
- Matthew 6:25-34
Jesus also said that God takes care of birds and plants: ones which were overlooked or considered unimportant by just about everyone. It follows that if God cares about the welfare of unimportant things, he will certainly be involved with the welfare of people for whom he offered his only Son (the same Son who delivered this message). In another context, Jesus spoke similar words:
"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."
- Matthew 10:29-30 
These words rang true with me, since I spend a lot of time with Roscoe. I know his face and can recognize his cries and laughs. However, even with that familiarity I have no idea how many hairs are on his head. God is so involved and invested with Roscoe that God went to the work of creating every part of him (even the malfunctioning ones) and remembering exactly how many hairs he put on his little head. This thought is very reassuring to me as Roscoe prepares for surgery today:


  1. We're praying and waiting to hear how the surgeries went.
    Love that sweet little head!

  2. Thanks for all your wonder- filled posts. Its as if we are right alongside you all the way!