The Sparrow


John 10:9 

I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.


Sometime back I walked out on the back porch. It is screened in and has two doors, one going into the house and the other out to the yard. Immediately there was a great commotion as I walked through the door. It was a sparrow franticly trying to escape from this back porch prison it had became trapped in. There is no way of knowing how this fowl of the skies came to this awful predicament and entrapment but I felt I needed to help it escape before the little thing died of a heart attack. It was anxiously flying from one side of the porch to the other, slamming into the screens and making all sorts of noise. So I opened the outside door thinking it would see the door and fly to freedom, but to my surprise it continued flying from screen to screen flying past the open door over and over again still making noises that I have never heard coming out of something so small. It would fly with in inches of the open door and never see the seventy-eight by thirty-one and a half inch crevice that would free it from its eventual demise.


I have shared this with you to say this. You and I get into, from time to time, what appears to you and me as predicaments that has no solution, right? Panic sets in and though the door of escape is wide open, we don’t see it. Who or what is this door? As you should have already come to the conclusion, it is Jesus. Jesus says in John 10:9, “I am the door…” he is the way says Jesus, in John 14:6.

Are you as this sparrow and fly (walk, living) within inches of the door over and over again? Are you looking at the problem or the circumstances rather than the door of escape? Are you looking at the screen and not the door? The sparrow could see where it needed to be through the screen but the path it was on it could never achieve freedom from prison and eventually the sparrow would die. How sad! Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. The sparrow was entangled with the yoke of bondage it was in a self inflicted prison, are you in the same predicament?


You might ask, well, what happen to the sparrow? In time it wore itself out and just hung by its tinny feet from the screen. It appeared it had given up, its little beak wide opening gasping for breath. Then finally it looked toward the door. It was as it received new strength. Like lightening it flew through the door!


I have a question for you. Are you trapped in a self inflicted yoke of bondage? Do you see yourself trapped with no way out? Is your heart heavy with pain and agony? Is your despair as this sparrow’s? Do you think by ending it all will somehow fix your predicament? Do you know that the door is within inches of you? Do you know that the maker of all things made you? Do you know that he has the power to open the door wide for you, even wider than your imagination?


The only reality the sparrow saw was the screen that hampered it from freedom. That which is hampering you is not a screen but as Jesus says it is sin! Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.


In conclusion, this little sparrow was saved from its self inflicting prison by the door. Jesus was aware of this on that day. But you are even more precious to him than that little sparrow. To confirm this let us hear from Jesus himself.


Luke 12:6 

Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?

Luke 12:7 

But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.



Mat 11:28 

Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

  By Elder Terry L. Nicodemus