While at an outdoor sundown worship, we were asked to think and share of object lessons on the things we saw around us that day. We were at a beautiful rental home with a gorgeous secret paradise in its backyard. There was a huge quarry at the back of the property, and there were little caves and secret passages and hideouts — a place that one would really love to explore. Trees had changed colors, and it was just the perfect area to find interesting things.
My 5-year-old daughter spent most of the day picking up dead leaves, broken twigs, small rocks, seeds — things that I would consider useless. She referred to them as her collection. She carefully placed each piece in her little pink bag. Every now and then, she would take them out of the bag and sort them together in little heaps. She did this all throughout the day. Once, she mentioned to me that her little brother ruined her collection when he tried to grab all her collection and threw them on the ground. To convince me that she was hurt by her brother’s actions, she said that her collection is special to her. After helping them settle it together, little brother gave her a kiss and she quickly forgave him.
As for me, I took lots of beautiful pictures. After all, fall is my favorite season. I learned several object lessons as I went ‘shooting’ candid photos of friends. But one thing struck me the most — my daughter’s collection of ‘useless’ things.
In the same manner, God sees our value. There may be times when we feel like life is utterly meaningless or we may have lost our sense of purpose. Or that you and I may feel useless, like a dead leaf being blown away by the wind. Sometimes, we may even feel like we are being stepped on.
“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ … that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” Ephesians 2:4–7.
God in His wisdom and grace, carefully picks us up, brushes us off and makes us anew. He gives us a purpose — a holy purpose — to be His sons and daughters. He sees something special in us when we otherwise see differently. Through the gift of His son, Jesus, we are connected with Him. He makes us worthy to be loved again and again.
*This post is part of my 31-day Challenge: The Power of Gratitude Series. Click on the image below to be directed to my posts. Thank you for being here today!