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: having considerable monetary worth; costing or bringing a high price: a valuable painting; a valuable crop. having qualities worthy of respect, admiration, or esteem: a valuable friend. of considerable use, service, or importance: valuable information.
Wait…. So by calling us valuable God is actually telling us that we have CONSIDERABLE MONETARY WORTH? We have qualities worthy of respect? admiration? esteem? We are useful and important??
I bet you don’t always feel that way about yourself do you? I know I don’t. But God does. He tells us right in his word how valuable we are. Not just once but several times.
1.) For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope – Jeremiah 29:11
2.) Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! -1 John 3:1
3.) For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. -Psalm 139:13-14
4.) Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows. – Luke 12: 6-7
5.) Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me. – Isaiah 49:14-15
wow. Did you know God felt all that about you?
That is just the tip of the iceberg! He has so much more to say about your worth. You can find it all in the word of God. The bible. I want you to do something for yourself. When you are feeling as though life just keeps raining and storming on you and as though your life is a disaster. When you are feeling down I want you to take a pen and paper and write down 10-20 things the Lord says about YOUR WORTH. Dig into his word and remind yourself what God has to say about your life and your value. I can give you ten right now to ponder on throughout your day.
1. You are a child of God
2. God formed you in your mother’s womb.
3. You are valuable.
4. He knows the numbers of hairs on your head- he knows every detail about your life.
5. He will never forget you.
6. You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
7. He has thoughts of peace towards you.
8. He wants you to have a future.
9. He wants you to have hope.
10. He loves you.
There are so many more positive things the Lord thinks towards you! I just want to encourage you to see past the rain and look for the rainbow and sunshine. Because trust me. It will come and even amidst it all the Lord is there and he cares.