It’s sometimes easy to forget our own value.
It has been raining for the past 24 hours. As I look out my picture window this morning with the rain pouring down, it reminded me of life. Everyone faces rainy days in life. It’s inevitable. There are going to be tragedies. Hard times. Financial struggles. Family problems. Along with so many other things that can go wrong. When the rain keeps coming it can become easy to want to curl up and feel sorry for yourself.
Rain makes everything harder. It becomes a chore to get yourself and your children in and out of the rain. You are stuck inside most of the time, because honestly playing in the rain is only fun for so long for both mom and children. Everything becomes wet and soggy. You realize you forgot to put the lid back on the sand table and now it is a soppy mess filled with sand and water. See? It becomes easy to start complaining when it has been raining for too long. It is the same way with life. Sometimes it may feel as though you have been facing the rain for weeks, months, or even years. Then you look around and it seems as though everyone else is basking on the beach in the hot sun. It can feel downright burdensome. When you have been in the rain too long in your life, feeling sorry for yourself can become second nature.
However, I want to suggest something to you. In Matthew 6:25-27 Jesus tells us:
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
He tells us that the Lord provides for the birds of the air and you are more valuable than the birds of the air. YOU are more VALUABLE than the birds of the air. YOU, ME, US, WE… are more valuable than the birds of the air. Wow. We are that important to God. If we are that important to God than it simply makes sense that he sees our burdens, our rain, our storms, and he doesn’t want us to burrow ourselves in them. He wants us to realize and remember our value, our importance.
The definition of valuable is as follows: