A Surprise Inside The Sparrow

Inspired by scriptures about the sparrow and the lyrics to the song, His Eye Is on the Sparrow, I chose my blog’s name, His Eye Is On This Sparrow.  I then wanted an image to represent this name and theme.

After much thought, I came up with an eye to represent God’s eye, then drew a sparrow

His Eye Is On This Sparrow

His Eye Is On This Sparrow

reflected in the eye.  I used coloring pencils to fill in the colors.  I have looked at this image at least 50 times, and only saw the lowly, common sparrow.  Yesterday, a blogger friend surprised me with a comment.  George made a comment on the post God’s Hand Is Mightier Than A Falling Tree, about a tree that fell on my car years ago. Then, she pointed out something I never noticed about the image I drew and chose as my avatar. You can see the conversation below.

Responses to God’s Hand Is Mightier Than A Falling Tree

  •  georgefloreswrite says:  April 22, 2013 at 8:02 pm   Wow – very good! Not good that it fell, but lots of things came in to play to minimize what would happen. Boo on deductibles! On your avatar of the little sparrow, you can see another bird there. It kind of looks like a swan if the brownish yellow patch on the sparrow’s shoulder was its beak.
    • Elizabeth Yalian says: April 22, 2013 at 10:41 pm   Yes, it could have been a very horrible day! That is interesting. Is the swan laying on its side? I drew that wanting it to look like God’s eye with the sparrow reflecting in it as in the name of my blog. Unfortunately, the avatar would not allow me to fit the whole eye in the picture. I guess I have to shrink it a bit.  I do see the swan when I don’t blow the picture up.  Thanks for pointing that out!
    • georgefloreswrite says: April 22, 2013 at 11:23 pm   Great concept! and well executed. It only looks that way when seen in the little avatar frame. The swan has a yellow-white neck/the breast of the sparrow. Swan head is a purplish peach/the head of the sparrow. yellow and orange beak = shoulder of the sparrow. They share the same eye, but the swan is facing towards the right. It’s like one of those optical illusions where it can be both images. I really like it! Oh, the wing of the sparrow doesn’t compose any part of the swan and works as its background. Can you see it?
    • Elizabeth Yalian says: April 23, 2013 at 10:25 am   Oh wow! I do see it! It’s so obvious now! I was looking for a tiny swan. Now, I can’t help but see it. Thanks for pointing it out, and in my own drawing at that! Great eye George! Well, you know, you just gave me a great gift and so blessed me. I got an epiphany for an excellent metaphor. From my perspective, to God I am just a lowly, common sparrow, but because of His great love, grace and forgiveness through Jesus, He doesn’t see a common or lowly bird. I am reflected in His eyes as a beautiful swan. You made my day! I will be doing a post on this. Is it okay if I use your comments on my post?
    • georgefloreswrite says: April 23, 2013 at 7:28 pm  Sure you can use my comments. That is a beautiful way of understanding what happened with your sparrow!

I was so surprised!  She was right!  Thank you so much georgefloreswrite for your keen observation. You can see the swan even better if you cover the sparrow’s beak.

Then, my mind exploded with thoughts.  The swan is synonymous with grace.  Swans are very graceful creatures.   There could have been many images unintentionally “hidden” in this picture.   Maybe a frog, an elephant, a turtle, a car, a tree, a hammer, or a thousand other images, but it turned out to look like a swan.  Another thing, the swan could have been tiny, upside down or in a completely different spot, yet it is right there, even with the sparrow, not less than its equal but in a way, greater as we only see its head and neck.

While I was drawing a lowly sparrow to represent myself,  I looked at close to two dozen pictures of sparrows.  I never once looked at a picture of a swan.  It never even entered my mind.  God the Master Artist, used my coloring pencils and my hand to draw the head and neck of a graceful swan.  He wanted me to see myself as more than common and lowly.  That is how I tend to see myself. He wanted me to see myself through His eyes.

A swan was on God’s mind when I drew this image.  That is how He sees those who choose to come to Him.  His children.  He sees us washed in the blood of the Lamb.  We are pure and beautiful in Him.  We are washed with His love and grace.  God sees us with grace colored glasses, because He loves us so much.

I consider this another love message from God, as I wrote about in, Searching For Love In The Right Places.

Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Luke12:6 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. Matthew 10:31

Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, Where she may lay her young- Psalm 84:3
“Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.” Matthew 10-29
“Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God.” Luke 12:6

For God so loved the world that He sent his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him will not parish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

By ~ Elizabeth Yalian  ©2013

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11 responses to “A Surprise Inside The Sparrow

  1. Yes, I also see the swan. It reminds me of those pictures that were popular several years ago where there seemed only to be a design, but if you looked at it long enough, you could see the actual picture.

    When the Lord saved me all those years ago, I was going to a church which had a missionary visit from Mexico. He brought with him some records by a Mexican family. “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” was the title song of the album. I loved it and it was my favorite song for a long time.

  2. Debbie

    Oh Snap, why are you making me cry? It took me about ten min to finally see the swan…then when I see it, I’m thinking oh how cool is that…then I read you analogy and started to cry…..thanks Liz….my ABBA Father sees me as HIS beautiful swan…..you have beautiful word pictures….oh btw, sorry for the tree…LOL!!! SHALOM, my beautiful friend. Love you!!!

  3. I love it! Beautiful message for us all.

  4. Oh, I see it! So beautiful!

  5. Aww that was a super nice post, Elizabeth! Isn’t it wonderful when we get another perspective that opens up the world for us? Both birds are pretty and drawn well. I like that they share the same eye, but look in different directions. 🙂

    • Yes, I like that too. It looks like it was planned that way, that’s what makes it so amazing! God often blesses us through other people, just like he blessed me through your eyes, you pointed the other bird out to me I didn’t see. 🙂

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