Feelings of being alone or forgotten come to all of us at times, but someone is watching over us just the same. One couple who lived many years ago knew this truth firsthand, and their faith inspired a much-loved hymn still sung today.
The couple’s name was Doolittle, and they had little reason for joy or optimism. Mr. Doolittle was wheelchair-bound, struggling just to propel himself about, and Mrs. Doolittle spent 20 years completely bedridden and relying on her crippled husband’s care. Still, this man and his wife displayed joy and faith to those who knew them. The burdened couple met a music composer in 1905; her name was Civilla D. Martin. Struck by the sunny dispositions held by this man and wife, she inquired of Mrs. Doolittle where the joy came from.
The answer was unexpected: “His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.” Mrs. Doolittle’s words rang in the ears of Civilla D. Martin, and she penned the hymn, “His Eye is on the Sparrow.” The Lord Jesus never took His eye from this couple, and He never takes His eye from us:
“He keeps his eye upon you as you come and go and always guards you.”
Whatever our comings and goings, wherever we find ourselves, however unexpected the course, He has His eye on us. We can allow this truth to comfort us in life’s storms, just as this long-ago couple did while facing the daily challenges their disabilities brought.
Jesus is our “Constant Friend.” Others may disappoint or hurt us, but He can be trusted every day! Do you know Jesus? Can you say with others that you know He watches over you? How can you draw closer to Him today?