by Beverly Brown, Set Me Free Ministries Prayer Coordinator
I have a good friend who loves to go to secondhand stores. She is always looking for the gem amid the stones and often finds not just one, but several. She will come home with name-brand clothes that cost her a fraction of what the big retail shops sell them for. She can do that because she has the patience to go through each rack hanger by hanger and search out the one item of value.
The other day she was telling me about one of her recent excursions. She said that she found a beautiful handmade quilt. She held it up and admired the beauty of it and knew that someone had placed a great deal of time into creating it. Her mind began to imagine the person who lovingly and meticulously sewed each stitch into the fabric, and it made her sad–sad because, obviously, no one else valued her handiwork enough to treasure it and thought it worthy only of a secondhand store.
When she told me that story, I immediately thought of how unlike our God that is. Read with me what God says about us in Psalm 139:13-18.
My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written. The days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with You.
If you are going through a difficult time, let the Truth of those words encourage you today. God will never abandon you. He doesn't regard you as secondhand merchandise to be tossed out and forgotten. You are His masterpiece. Just as someone lovingly and meticulously created the quilt my friend discovered, so you were lovingly and meticulously created by God. Just like my friend, searching the secondhand stores, God is searching for His lost creation. Read Jesus’ parable of the lost sheep in Matthew 18:11:13.
For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost. What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek that one that is straying? And if he should find it, assuredly I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the nine-nine that did not go astray.