You Are a Unique Treasure
by Erin Lamb
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well, Psalm 139:14.
I belong to My beloved, and His desire is for me, Song of Songs 7:10
Beautiful people. I wanted to share some pictures of my favorite flower, the orchid. I love all orchids. They come in so many colors, shapes, sizes, and variations. I love that God is creative. He is not only creative with the flowers He made. He was creative with all the people He made as well. Yeah God. Isn’t it great that we are not all the same? I think so. If we all had the same gifts and talents, then life would be boring. God takes delight in all the beautiful things He created, including us. He smiles on all that He has made. He thinks everything He made is beautiful. So, why in our culture is there such disparity between what God says and our reality?
I believe that we are all born with the desire to be accepted, loved, cherished, affirmed, and the desire for security. Some of us are born into loving homes that provide all those things. Some of us are born into families that did not include some of those things or any of those things. If we did grow up in a loving family, then we leave and venture out into a world that has a drastically different reality from heaven. The world says that we need to look a certain way, fit into a certain mold, or meet certain criteria in order to be beautiful. That’s untrue. Everything God makes is beautiful in His eyes, and only His opinion matters. Easier said than done, but I often wonder what life would be like if God controlled our thoughts.
The world also teaches us that we need the acceptance of other people, we need the nicest things, we need to be the smartest and brightest, we need to have a certain amount of money, influence, the right friends or significant other, that we need a great spouse in order to have value and security. If we obtain all these things, then we will be valuable. Absolutely untrue. What makes a person valuable is one thing, being a child of God and only He can provide complete security and identity.
God views us all the same, as objects of His affection. He loves us all the same, even those who don’t know Him. Humans like comparison so we can feel better about ourselves. God however looks at us individually as a unique treasure. He doesn’t say to the lion, “Be more like a tiger.” He tells the lion, “Be the best lion you can be.” He is saying the same to us, “Be the best you, you can be! You are My unique treasure. I made you to shine brightly for Me. I don’t want you to be anyone else. Just be you.” Yes, when we invite Him into our lives He begins to make changes, but He simply removes anything that would hinder true freedom or things that are detrimental to us. When He makes changes in our lives it’s always to make us the truest version of ourselves, who He created us to be.
There is so much freedom that comes from surrendering our identity to God. He knows everything about us and loves us unconditionally. Only He can tell us who we are, what we are here for, and only He can provide ultimate security through relationship with Him. God wants us to believe that His words and thoughts toward us are true. God likes us. God loves us! God says, “You are a unique treasure.” Check out the orchid pics below. All different, all beautiful.