“The idea that an unseen enemy can force the entire world into isolation just messed with my mind. Being a person who interacts with people daily, being in an isolated environment got me thinking and assessing all the time.”
“My thoughts became a virus on their own. Caged due to fear, enslaved to an intelligent virus,” states van Heerden.
Setto the UJ Choir’s rendition of His Eye is on the Sparrow by Charles H Gabriel, arranged by Ben Bram, van Heerden found the words of the piece deeply resonated with him.
Why should I feel discouraged?
And why should the shadows come?
Why should my heart feel lonely
And long for heavenly home
When Jesus is my portion?
My constant friend is He
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know he watches me
“The song that was given to me immediately resonated with me. In Chinese culture, the sparrow is considered to bring good luck and fortune. It also is a symbol of joy, simplicity and community. In the Biblical sense, the sparrow is believed to show us how to focus on our own lives. A caged sparrow would then most likely be in the same situation that we are currently at.”
Song: His Eye is on the Sparrow – Charles H Gabriel, arr. Ben Bram