On a recent visit to Goodwill, I expanded my normal clothing perusal to investigate household items. While digging through the shelves of others’ discards, I found a higher-quality toaster oven than the one I had at home. To me, this find was a treasure.
There were other toaster ovens, too. And I noticed that no matter the brand, condition, or quality, they were all priced the same. To Goodwill, a toaster oven was a toaster oven. Similarly, coffee makers were priced the same, as were popcorn poppers.
As I mulled that over, I couldn’t help but think that’s how God sees us, too. No matter what we look like, what we’ve been through, or what condition we’re in, He sees us all the same. We’re all people in need of a Savior. And He loves us all the same.
We may feel unlovable or unworthy, but that doesn’t matter in God’s eyes. Our feelings don’t change His love for us. It’s unconditional.
And feelings — and prices — didn’t change my mind about the replacement toaster oven treasure I found. It had a couple of dents, but when I plugged it in at the store, the heating element worked. I purchased the unit and took it home.
Now I just have to clean it up before I start using it. The cool thing about God, though, is He doesn’t have to clean us up before He starts loving us. He already loves us just as we are.
You are a treasure, and you are loved.
Christian, wife, mother of 5, breast cancer survivor, marathon finisher, writer and editor, author of "Help! I'm a Science Project"