A Sparrow

By Rose Holman

In February I was busy working on school. I climbed into my bed ready to spend the next few hours pouring over school books. But even though my eyes were on the page my mind was on something else. 

I only had two months left in home school, and I was on a mission to finish. If you know me at all you know that when I get on a mission it’s hard to get me to do anything else. “I’m on a mission,” I’ll say. “I will do it later.” So I end up spending a lot of time after I finish “the mission” working on whatever it was that I put off. This time was no exception. But this time what I was putting off was a very important decision – what I was going to do with my life after graduation. 

My parents had told me that I couldn’t graduate until I showed them a plan for what I was going to do after graduation. So every day since January I had been worrying about what I was going to do. True, I had some rough ideas and some things I had thought about. But none of them amounted to a real plan. I wasn’t really taking the time to seek what God would have me to do. 

And I was worried about not graduating. I knew that my “plans” as they stood wouldn’t be enough to fill my time. 

So I sat on my bed doing school. But before long my mind wandered from the words on the page. I began to stare out the window asking myself, “What am I going to do with myself? I will soon have hours (scratch that – days!) of free time, and I don’t know what I’m going to do with it. God I know you have a plan. But do you think I could know a little of it?"

Right about then a little sparrow flew onto the bush outside my window. It reminded me of Matthew 6:26 - Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

I thought about the verse in light of what I had just been struggling with. I was worrying about tomorrow’s troubles, but my heavenly Father was saying, “Rose, you don’t need to worry. See this little sparrow? I provide for all its needs. I know when any of them falls to the ground (Matthew 10:29). Even as I take care of the sparrows I will take care of you and your problems."

I began to feel peace. Even though I was still no closer to the answer, I was a least confident that God would work it all out. 

Over the next few months God provided me with ministries and tasks to fill my time. I saw doors open and time fill up. Now I’m happily graduated and following God into the adventures that lie ahead.


Hello, my fellow sister in Christ. My name is Rose Holman. I live on five wooded acres in central Texas. I enjoy a myriad of activities including playing with my family, writing, cross stitching, walking, crocheting, singing, listening to music, and scrapbooking. I also love to study the Bible and become closer to God. I love to encourage girls to follow God, so if you have any comments you can write me at shilohroseh(at)juno(dot)com.

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