First, I have some fun “body” facts for you this week. There are 206 bones in the adult body; each of our hearts beats about 35 million times a year; and we have almost 6 quarts of blood inside us. If one laid out our veins, arteries, and capillaries, they would be about 60,000 miles long; that’s 2 ½ times around the earth! The average hair grows ½ inch a month and keeps growing for about 6 years. We sneeze at 100 miles per hour out our nose. Kachoo! The human body is certainly amazing, isn’t it? The Bible tells us that God made each one of us unique and special, but with 7.4 billion people in the world now, have you ever wondered if God really knows about you personally? With that many people and the world as complicated as it is now, how could He, you may ask? Well, Matthew 10:29-31 says, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
Does God think about us – individually – each personally? Does He really care what’s going on in our life or hear us when we talk to Him? The Bible gives us that answer when Jesus said those verses above to you and me. Jesus wanted us to never doubt and ALWAYS know that we are each special and loved and cared for by our Father in heaven. Believe that if God takes care of the even little birds in the air, He takes care of us. If God knows how many hairs are on our head, wouldn’t that show that He really knows us each as one of His children? I think so! We are so lucky to have a God that not only creates us but also takes care of us for our entire life. He never leaves us or gives up on us – no matter what! Don’t ever forget that our God is a personal God who knows us inside and out – and loves us unconditionally! He loves all His creation and cares for the plants, the animals, and for each of us too!
Let’s say a prayer together then. Dear Father God, Thank You so much for making us in Your image and then taking care of us for our entire lives. We know that if You love and take care of even the birds, then You will love and take care of us too – even to the point of counting the hairs on our heads. What a wonderful God You are! In Jesus ‘name, Amen.
Ann Moody is pastor of Wilkesville First Presbyterian Church.