O Lord, what a variety of things you have made! In wisdom you have made them all. The earth is full of your creatures. Psalm 104:24
Each one of us is a unique creature of God that was created to enjoy all that
God has made. We all play a part in this world, but we cannot reap the benefits of what God has given us if we do not know our own value and significance. I was reminded of this recently when I attempted to throw away a pile of rocks I found in my car and one of my granddaughters yelled, “Stop, those rocks are special. I found them when I was taking a walk with my mom.”
My grandchildren ages 7, 9, and 10 love to collect rocks. Each one is different
and has a story. I find these rocks of various sizes and colors in places around the house and car like on the kitchen counters, on my washer or dryer, and under the seats in the car. We have even found rocks together during our walks around the neighborhood. Each child can tell me a story about where the rock was found and what they were doing when they discovered the rock (s). These white, brown, and grey ordinary insignificant rocks were beautiful and valuable because of the special memories they created and continue to create.
It made me wonder if I do a good job of letting those around me know how
much I value our time together. Do I make them feel significant? Do I tell often them things like?
You make me laugh and happy!
I enjoy our time together.
I believe in you!
You are important to me.
I love you.
Each day we are given another opportunity to enjoy all God has given us. Another opportunity to keep moving forward, but for this to happen we must first take the time and notice its significance. We will never regret taking the time to spend with our loved ones, but we might regret wasted moments looking at our phones or sleeping the day away. My grandchildren could have walked by and ignored the ordinary rocks. Instead, they saw the beauty and significance in each rock they collected. The rock(s) helped form a special memory, which gave them meaning. How can we do this for our family and friends? Our lives are often busy and rushed, but I urge you to take some time to make sure those around you know that they are significant (important).