Genesis 28-30; Psalms 7-8; Matthew 10-11

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Have you felt it too? Maybe it was while standing before an ocean or looking over an endless landscape or gazing at the stars. Whatever the trigger, there are times when we simply feel insignificant—our frailty, our smallness in the universe, our limitations compared to our Creator driven home.

And yet we are not insignificant to God. In Matthew 10:30, Jesus tells us that “the very hairs on your head are all numbered.” Think about that. The hair on our head is not a fixed number. It changes as we lose hair and grow hair. Except when we are losing a lot of hair, we humans don’t give the number of hairs on our head a lot of thought. In the scheme of life, it doesn’t seem that important to us. But it is important to God. Why? Because we are important to God, even down to details we would consider insignificant. Who do you love the most in this life? Do you know how many hairs are on that person’s head right now, yesterday, last month? Do you know anything even close to that type of intimate knowledge about your loved one? God does.

Matthew 11 ends with words about Jesus’ compassionate love for us. It says, “Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls.’” In other words, Jesus is saying, come, let Me love you and guide you. Come, let Me love you and lead you when your life is pleasant and show you the way when it is not. Come, let Me love you and go before you when you are dealing with issues much greater than the number of hairs on your head.

It may be that it is impossible for us to understand fully the love God has for us because it is beyond our capacity as humans to love the way God does. Even when we feel fervent love for someone, it can only be a pale imitation of the pure, unselfish love that God has for His children. Often we feel we must be deserving of love to be loved, and how do we earn the love of a Being as powerful and astounding as God? We can’t, but we can do what Jesus says. And He simply says, come, be loved, be guided.


© 2010 Arlina Yates

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