“So, don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.” Matthew 10:31

According to People.com, “A Southern California man was in for a howling surprise recently when he rescued what he believed to be a puppy and soon discovered that it was no snuggly house pet after all. While walking his dog in a Tierrasanta canyon on March 22, the man came across the abandoned furry creature, Dariel Walker, a representative at San Diego Human Society, tells PEOPLE. With no hesitation, Walker says the man brought the little “puppy” back home before the Humane Society arrived at his residence to treat the animal. In an unexpected twist of events, both the man and the SDHS officers were shocked to learn that this was no sleepy puppy under his roof — it was a baby coyote.”

“Our veterinarians gave the pup a medical exam and some formula,” Walker tells PEOPLE. “We believe the pup was only a few days old, and its eyes had not yet opened.” “The pup will stay there until deemed ready for release back into the wild.”

When I began to read this article, my first thought was, “Ew, what are they going to do with that thing?” In my neck of the woods, coyotes are considered a nuisance and they live in open season year-round. I was amazed at the great lengths they went through to care for this otherwise unwanted creature. But, quickly, my mind turned to thoughts of our loving Heavenly Father and how he feels about you and me.

Just before Jesus sent His twelve disciples out on their first mission trip, He gave them lots of instructions, some even prophetically, about the future and then He told them “not to be afraid.”

In Matthew 10:29-30 Jesus tells them; “What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered.” 

As unbelievers and Gentiles, we were all unclean and undeserving of the Father’s loving care, but through Jesus, He has rescued us, renewed us and has sent us out into the world around us to “be a witness” of His light and love.

Today, have no fear knowing your Heavenly Father is always watching over you.

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