I was re-reading the account of the Flood today. Whenever I read about the flood, I get this mental image in my mind. I imagine water covering the earth as it shakes and trembles under earthquakes and eruptions far greater than we could ever imagine in our wildest dreams. Waves soar into the sky hundreds, perhaps even thousands of feet high. There is nothing to be seen besides water except for...a boat. That's it. A boat. This boat carries the only living things on the earth.
Gigantic waves higher than the highest mountains crash over this little boat. There is no land in sight. There is no one left on the earth who can hear their cries in the night. There are no messages of hope from fellow men. Everyone they ever knew and loved, with the exception of their own immediate family, is gone. Can you imagine the feelings they must have been experiencing? Grief, terror, uncertainty and perhaps a lot of frustration after awhile? When was it all going to end? Was it ever going to end? Talk about an adrenaline rush!
Yet all along, in the midst of all of this mess, God could pinpoint the exact whereabouts of this boat. The unbelievable storm, blinding rain, mountainous waves, eruptions, and the earth being shaken to it's very foundations did not obscure God's view of this little boat in the least. He knew exactly where it was at all times and he was well aware of it's inhabitants. It was because of them and only because of them that God did not break the earth into billions of pieces and be done with it! It was because of his amazing love for them that he stilled the storm and healed the earth so they could inhabit it once again. It was because of us.
In the Book of Psalms I read:
When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers-
the moon and the stars you set in place-
what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
human beings that you should care for them?
Yet you made them only a little lower than God
and crowned them with glory and honor. Psalm 8:3-5 (NLT)
So the next time you feel completely overwhelmed, remember this little boat. The next time someone suggests or implies that you're not worth much, remember these verses. God says you are worth it and God's opinion really is the only opinion that matters.