I painted this fall scene in Acrylic early this fall. I liked the colors although they are somewhat exaggerated in contrasts. Technically, we still have a few days of fall remaining in 2019 (in spite of four inches of snow on the ground!) so I still felt safe in using it. Actually, by using this painting, my intent was to give what I hoped would be an ‘uplifting’ experience in a season that can be difficult for some who may feel ‘loneliness’ or even a bit ‘depressed’ at the moment.
Earlier this week three possible ideas for today’s ‘Thought’ were in my mind. Which one to use was the challenge. Monday morning I made this specific prayer request: ‘Lord, what would be the best choice for this week’s Blog?’ The answer came at breakfast.
I’m an early riser—the first one up at our house. This gives me time, before Marj is up and we have breakfast together, for me to begin my day with what I like to call my “be still” time from Psalm 46:10. That’s when I made the prayer request.
For decades, at the breakfast table, Marj and I read Scripture and the related devotional from “Christ In Our Home” or “The Daily Bread”. One of the three ideas on my mind was ‘loneliness’ which may often lead to ‘depression’. Monday’s reading was ‘right on’ with one of my three thoughts. I saw it as the answer to prayer. So, I’m sharing with you what we read.
“Now an accomplished writer, Caitlin describes the depression she battled after fighting off an assault. The emotional violence cut deeper than her physical struggle, for she felt it proved “how undesirable I was. I was not the kind of girl you wanted to get to know.” She felt unworthy of love, the kind of person others use and toss aside.
“God understands. He lovingly shepherded Israel but when He asked them what He was worth “they paid me thirty pieces of silver” (Zechariah 11:12). This was the price of a slave; what masters must be reimbursed should their slave be accidentally killed (Exodus 21:32). God was insulted to be offered the lowest possible value—look at “the handsome price at which they valued me!” He said sarcastically (Zechariah 11:13). And He had Zechariah throw the money away.
“Jesus understands. He wasn’t merely betrayed by His friend; He was betrayed with contempt “The Jewish leaders despised Christ, so they offered Judas thirty pieces of silver— the lowest price you could put on a person—and he took it (Matthew 26:14-15; 27:9). Judas thought so little of Jesus he sold Him for nearly nothing.
“If people undervalued Jesus, don’t be surprised when they undervalue you. Your value isn’t what others say. It’s not even what you say. It’s entirely and only what God says. He thinks you are worth dying for.”
In the northern hemisphere we’re approaching the darkest day of our calendar year. When you throw in overcast days it just complicates matters. However, both the length of our winter day and bleakness of an overcast sky are not permanent! I like to quote a phrase from Scripture, “And it came to pass…”. Yes, I’m taking it a little out of context, but it is true! The days will not stay short and the clouds will go away. Our confidence is in the fact that the sun was there all the time! So is the Son of God there all the time.
If you, or someone you know, is suffering from ‘loneliness’ or ‘depression’ I suggest strongly you consider reading aloud and perhaps even memorizing Romans 5:1-5.
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit whom he has given us.”
How would you describe your value?
Who can you help to grasp true value?
I’m grateful that I’m valued by You, God!