“He Watches Me…”

I’ve had these words “pinned” to be put up on our wall for quite some time now. To be put up in our dining area facing the rest of the house, visible from most any spot: 

“I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free, For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.”

So sometime soon I will have that sign made and hung. 

It just seems like such a perfect phrase for our little household.

And the other night, Peter was looking at some clarinet sheet music and sang this same exact song to Jemma! Of course at the opening of the song as we listen to it and he’s singing along, I hear the words, “why do I feel discouraged..?” (The version that was on said “do”) And being me and a wife, I instantly had to make sure, “Sweetie, are you discouraged.?!” 

Peter shakes his head mid-singing, saying, “I just have a soul in minor. (That’s a paraphrase from what he said in Russian – “У меня минорная душа.” ) So I’m comforted because my husband is not discouraged and we can enjoy the song because I too am a soul in minor, a bit melancholy.

“Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heav’n and home, When Jesus is my portion? My constant Friend is He: His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me; His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.    

Refrain: I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free, 

For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

“Let not your heart be troubled,” His tender word I hear,

And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;

Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,

When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,

I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.”

So you see it is a wonderful song, even if a bit in the minor tone of it all. Do not be mistaken, I am not discouraged.