June 18, 2011

His Eye is On Your Dream

Some sit on your chest, pressing tenacity and perseverance. They grab your hands, loosening that which consumes and withdraws you from taking hold of them.

Others are wall flowers. Pleading dance card in hand. They dare a glance up, desperate for you to see, “I’m waiting.”

There are those you stalk, sleep on their front stoop. Break and enter into their impenetrable fortress.

Still other dreams are miles away, pacing their steps toward you. Upon meeting in the middle, realization hits: you’d know that face anywhere. Every step toward this union finally makes sense.

Some dreams captivate us and come true with little effort
Some wait for us to take hold of them
Some block us out, making us work for their fruition
Some are so private, even we don’t know they exist until we enter them

All have commonality of one thing: the Giver. He sees the heart that dares to rush into a dream headlong and rejoices when it comes true. His eye spies the soul a tad shy and scared to go after what it longs for and holds her hand encouraging. Without fail, the weary and frustrated remain in His view and care. And His glance does more than pass by the one who excitedly recognizes a discovered dream…He whispers delighted wisdom her way.

Not all dreams will come true. Not all dreams that come true will equate to easeful joy. That’s just the way it can be. But one certainty is and was and will always be true: His eye is on you.

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? ~Matthew 6:26

Words: Civilla Martin. Music: Charles Gabriel.

Early in the spring of 1905, my husband and I were sojourning in Elmira, New York. We contracted a deep friendship for a couple by the name of Mr. and Mrs. Doolittle—true saints of God. Mrs. Doolittle had been bedridden for nigh twenty years. Her husband was an incurable cripple who had to propel himself to and from his business in a wheel chair.

Despite their afflictions, they lived happy Christian lives, bringing inspiration and comfort to all who knew them. One day while we were visiting with the Doolittles, my husband commented on their bright hopefulness and asked them for the secret of it.

Mrs. Doolittle’s reply was simple: “His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.” The beauty of this simple expression of boundless faith gripped the hearts and fired the imagination of Dr. Martin and me. The hymn “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” was the outcome of that experience. ~Civilla Martin

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  1. Sharon Sloan - Joy In The Truth says:

    Sam: this is beautiful! 🙂 Truly.

    You have an amazing gift of seeing, of understanding and of writing. "The God who sees" has given you a heart to see. His eye is on the sparrow (love that hymns!) and yours are on His sparrows, too…and their dreams.

    I am wondering, this early Sunday morning, which bird I may be and which dream is mine. 🙂 Either way, His eyes is on me.

    His eyes are on you too! Love you!

    Psalm 17:7, 8
    Show the wonder of your great love…Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings…"


  2. Karen Mayes says:

    So true! I have many dreams. My dreams have evolved over the years and, one could say, have been simplified. The dream I had as a child to walk on the moon has changed to teaching my children to look up into the sky to see the moon and stars and all creation in hopes that they will see and experience God's majesty. My biggest and most intense dreams have evolved from the difficulties in life. God has used those difficulties to mold my dreams [desires] to match His purpose for my life.

    "Dreams are the touchstones of our character." ~ Henry David Thoreau

    🙂 Karen

  3. Have missed you and your wisdom! What a wonderful phrase, 'his eye is on the sparrow', and easy to carry with me through my day. Thank you for the image of God holding my hand, encouraging, when I am too scared to follow my dreams.
    Thank you for giving comfort.
    lots of love, Laura x

  4. Beautiful. Exquisite. I don't want to mar my hearts response with words. Some things are better felt than expressed. Thanks for touching my heart.
    Love you,

  5. Just beautiful, Sam. I liked how you said this about certain dreams, "Some are so private, even we don't know they exist until we enter them." This is so true! Faith requires us to sometimes just trust our Lord with the next season or step…and then we discover we are living a dream we never knew we had.

  6. robinjones says:

    This is beautiful. Wisdom, Sparrows, and Dreams are following me this week. Thank you. I needed to read this message.

  7. Fields of gold says:

    Sweet Sharon,

    I have a feeling your the bird with her little mouth wide open, waiting to receive His Word.

    Thank you for your encouragement!!

    Tweet, tweet!

    Love you!

  8. Fields of gold says:

    Karen, I love hearing how your childhood dreams have melding into dreams for your children. You're such a fantastic, loving mom! And dreamer with the Lord.

    Praying for your dreams for Grant and Wesley to come to pass.

    much love, Sam

  9. Fields of gold says:

    Sweet Laura ~ you are precious. To me and in HIS sight. Thank you for missing my posts 🙂 You're such a huge encouragement!!

    The Lord is with you always and carrying His dreams for you safely. I pray as they unfold you find the courage and truth that you can live them out!

    xoxo, Sam

  10. Fields of gold says:

    Dear Joy,

    Your words are as beautiful and tender as you. Praying for you friend as I know life has taken an unforeseen turn and perhaps adjusted your dreams for now. He won't forget or leave them on the table, untouched forever.

    Thank you for your thoughtfulness!

    Lots of love,

  11. Fields of gold says:

    Wise Eileen,

    So true! I'm in a season of walking into a dream the Lord has been writing on my heart since I was a little girl. But I just now learned the language to read it. I love that it's been here the whole time, in His safe loving hands.

    Praying for your dreams as His fingers unfold to reveal them to you!!

    Love, Sam

  12. Fields of gold says:

    Sweet Robin,

    Thanks for commenting! He's got you and your circumstances in His hands and in His view. Don't leave hope behind as you move forward.


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