“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father’s will. Even all the hairs on your head are numbered. So do not be afraid; you are more valuable than many sparrows.” — Matthew 10:29
“How happy are those who can resign all to Him, who see His hand in every trying dispensation, and believe that He chooses better for them than they could possibly choose for themselves.” — John Newton
Observe how the hand of God’s providence causes little things to lead on to great matters. In the least of incidents the greatest results may hinge! The pivots of history are microscopic. Hence, it is most important for us to learn that the smallest trifles are as much arranged by the God of providence as the most startling events.
He who counts the stars has also numbered the hairs of our heads. Our lives and deaths are predestined, but so, also, are our sitting down and our rising up. Had we but sufficiently powerful perceptive faculties, we should see God’s hand as clearly in each stone of our pathway as in the revolutions of the earth.
In watching our own lives, we may plainly see that, on many occasions, the merest grain has turned the scale. Whereas there seemed to be but a hair’s-breadth between one course of action and another, yet that hair’s-breadth has sufficed to direct the current of our life.
“He who will observe providences,” says Flavel, “shall never be long without a providence to observe.”
Providence may be seen as the finger of God, not merely in those events which shake nations, and are duly emblazoned on the page of history, but in little incidents of common life—yes, in the motion of a grain of dust, the trembling of a dew-drop, the leaping of a fish, or the flight of a swallow.
— Charles H. Spurgeon, updated excerpt from a 1908 sermon