“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Psalm 139:13-16 ESV

I was on a recent hike with scouts, and we came upon a flower that I had not noticed before.  I quickly approached it, for it was a very beautiful flower.  In the vast forest that surrounded us, I did not see any other clusters of this amazing flower. I brought all the scouts around this flower and began to share how rare this lily was.  It reminded me of how rare and special each one of us are in God’s eyes.

He formed me and knitted in my mom’s womb, and He made me in secret, as I was someone very special to Him.  I was intricately woven as He paid much attention to the detail when He created me, and He knows every day that is planned for me.  Wow!  I don’t know about you, but that makes me feel very special that the God of the universe, Creator of all things and my Savior cares that much for me as a rare and unique individual!

Well, as we hiked on, we later saw a huge field of these wild lilies, and folks began to jab me a little about the story I said of the flower being rare and special.  We all got a good laugh out of it, and they actually named the lily, Trent’s Lily (aka – Turks Cap Lily).  As I looked on the mountain side of all these beautiful lilies among the weeds and grasses of the mountain, I smiled as I knew, this was God’s picture of His children.  Each of those flowers were rare and special, and we are to bring beauty and light to the world around us.  These lilies did that on the summit of Black Balsam.

As you go about your day and week, remember how special you are to our Heavenly Father.  Remember and thank Him for how special and rare you are in His eyes, when often this world will try to tell you differently.