Shifting Sands

I just noticed a newspaper headline about Christmas trees.  It said, “Once Decorated.  Now Discarded.”  I didn’t read the article.  I’m not real good at reading the newspaper.  Unless you count the comics.  I like to read the comics.  But I bring the newspaper in and then put it away every day.  This headline caught my eye because Christmas trees are so fun and beautiful for a month and then we find them undecorated, forgotten and piled up in an otherwise empty lot after Christmas.

Hmm…That seems like us sometimes.  Isn’t it odd how sometimes we can be with so many people, but still feel alone?  I’ve had those moments.  But even when we feel like everyone else has abandoned us or forgotten us, there is someone who hasn’t.

One of my favorite Bible verses is Psalm 139:17-18.  Check this out, “How precious also are Thy thoughts to me, O God!  How vast is the sum of them!  If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.  When I awake, I am still with Thee.”

Now the reason that I like this verse is not because I love to go to beaches and walk along the sand.  But because I have seen a lot of sand – backyard sandbox, neighborhood park, Florida beach, California beach, Hawaii beaches (Did you know that sand can be green and black?!) and even Mexico beaches (They have white sand!) – I’ve learned that there is a lot of sand on this earth!  And God says that He thinks about us even more times than the number of grains of sand.  Have you ever tried to get sand off your feet after walking on the beach?  Or off of your child’s hands before they come inside from playing in the sandbox?  Ever empty their shoes after playing in a park with sand?  There are are lot of grains of sand!  That means that God is thinking about us all the time!  Even when we feel alone.

Occasionally I will bring a container of sand to Sunday school or Good News Club and invite the children to guess the number of grains of sand just in that one container.  Then I share this verse with them.  Kids love sand!  And they can love God, too!

So today if you are feeling like an undecorated, abandoned, forgotten Christmas tree lying alone in an empty cold lot somewhere, know that God has not forgotten you.  His Word is always true.  We can count on that!  God cares about you and He is thinking about YOU right now!