Who or what preoccupies your thoughts? Any thought that lasts in your mind could be something that is so impressive that it left an enduring image. Take for example a fascinating landscape or view of a particular place where you have visited in one of your travels. An impressive person who stays in your memory even years after. A lovely moment with your spouse. A wonderful time with your children. Or, perhaps, your first love, your first kiss, your first travel, your first dream come true moment, and all the “firsts” you never forget because they invoked a great feeling in you. They stayed in your mind because they gave you a great experience. Sometimes, though, not all experiences are great. Some experiences can be painful and traumatic. These memories stay in the mind too no matter how hard you try to erase them. They persist to exist in your thoughts.
Remembering the happy and sad thoughts are easy. They come naturally because these are things that have touched a chord in you. In the same way, anything that preoccupies you takes you to moments of pondering and endless thinking. You cannot help yourself not to think because you care about it. You keep on thinking about it because it affected you deeply.
God thinks of you because He cares for you. He has compassion on you. It does not matter whether you are impressive or not, He still cares.
“Like a father has compassion on his children, so Yahweh has compassion on those who fear him. For he knows how we are made.He remembers that we are dust.“ – Psalm 103:13-14 (WEB)
God thinks of you because He cares for you. The loneliest people are the ones who thinks they are not thought of and cared about. Expressing love to another person has such a great impact to the mental and emotional aspects. Some people grew up feeling unloved and unappreciated. It causes a lot of pain and tragedies even in later life because it affects how they deal with others and how they do things. It affects their self-confidence and their self-image. It alters how they value their self and finds validation from people and things that do not really see their worth. Being loved by your family, friends, and other people shapes your life tremendously. To love and be loved is not a thing of weakness. It is the strength of your identity. It gives meaning to your life. The love of God gives you these and much, much more. His love can change your life far better than you can imagine. God’s love sets you free from things that do not matter. God’s love sets you free from sins that you cannot control. God’s love keeps you away from all fears. God’s love gives you self-worth and security. In human standard, you have to earn other’s love and appreciation. In social media, for example, you can go viral just by looking extra good in your picture. But with God, you don’t work for Him to love you. He loves you even in your sins (Romans 5:8) that He want you out of sin and live an abundant life in Jesus Christ. He keeps on loving you still even if you are not the best, your are not outstanding, or you are not the most impressive. David felt this way.
“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained, what is man, that you think of him? What is the son of man, that you care for him?” – Psalm 8:3-4 (WEB)
There are creations that are far more magnificent and more wonderful to behold than man. Yet, God thinks of each of us. God thinks of you and cares for you because He loves you with an everlasting love. You are valuable.
“Aren’t five sparrows sold for two assaria coins? Not one of them is forgotten by God. But the very hairs of your head are all counted. Therefore don’t be afraid. You are of more value than many sparrows.” – Luke 12:6-7