While serving in Riverton, Wyoming, Elder Merrell and I usually made a trip out to Arapahoe once a week, trying various people out there on the reservation. One house we tried never answered. In fact, despite there being furniture and other things inside the house, I suspected strongly that no one actually lived at this particular house. On one such car ride to this place, we saw a small puppy sitting by the front door. It was a cute little thing and I spent a minute giving it some attention. I was a little concerned for it, being all alone, but dogs roaming around the reservation is a pretty common sight.
About a month later we’re back at this house. As we walk up to the front door I’m greatly saddened when I see the same puppy lying dead on the walkway. I reflected on its state… that is… being dead. For all I knew, Elder Merrell and I were the only humans on the face of the planet aware of this poor puppy’s demise, most likely a result of starvation and dehydration. However, I knew for a fact that there was one other being that had a watchful eye over this tiny animal.
God’s love is indescribable and incromprehensible. He loves us unconditionally. His love is perfect. If someone like myself, someone possessing an imperfect and often conditional love, can feel remorse over the dead body of a small, insignificant animal, then how much sadness did our Father in Heaven feel for it? It reminds me of a scripture about sparrows. Perhaps you’ve read it or heard it before.
Matthew 10: 29-31
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
Our Father in Heaven is ever watchful. Not even a sparrow can fall to the ground without His notice and care. How much more will He watch over us then? If He is mindful of the tiny creatures of Earth, then how much more care will He lend to His children?
I know Heavenly Father watches over us. He hears our prayers. He hears our pleas. He knows our thoughts and desires of our hearts. He knows what we are needful of.