Published July 16, 2013
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"Each One Unique"
The story is told of a room full of children and a plate of chocolate chip cookies for a Micro Management experiment.
Each child was allowed to choose a cookie but told not to eat it. Instructions were given that for the next five minutes each child should study their cookie closely, observing every detail, in order to learn what makes their particular cookie unique.
After five minutes each child was handed a slip of paper with his/her name on it and asked to tape it to the bottom of their cookie. The cookies were collected and mixed together on a large tray. Then each child was invited to come up and see if they could pick out 'their' cookie. One by one each child quickly identified and was reunited with "their" cookie!
Each child was then asked to share with the group what it was about their cookie that made it unique. Like proud parents the children shared different traits that made their particular cookie special: One had a lot of chocolate chips; another almost none. For some it was the placement of the chips creating an unusual shape or pattern. One had a crack on one side, another was a different shade of color.
If children could so quickly and easily identify and take pride in their special cookie, how much more special is each of us in the eyes of Jesus?
In the Bible, how we are seen by God is beautifully displayed:
- In the book of Genesis, God reveals that we were made in His image. Genesis 1:26: "Then God said, 'Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness."'
- From Jeremiah 1:5a, God shares an intimate portrait of His individual relationship with each of us by writing, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you."
- In Jeremiah 31:3b God tells us, "I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with loving kindness I have drawn you."
- And we learn in Matthew 10:30 that God knows each of us so well that "the very hairs of each head are numbered."
Yogi Berra, the witty Yankee catcher of old, put it this way, "You can see a lot by observing."
Prayer: "Father thank you that with more than seven billion people on planet earth, you observe me and know who I am and watch over me. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!"
- Pastor Bill
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