Recently, a Virginia woman walked into a flea market and purchased a box of junk and trinkets for $7 that included a plastic cow, a Paul Bunyan doll, a painting and a couple of other junk items. She admits now that she did not really care about the painting, and for the next 18 months it rattled around in the trunk of her car. The new owner then removed the picture from the frame so that she could use the frame and stowed the picture in a shed.
Then one day as her mother was looking through her junk, she noticed a tag on the back of the painting that said, “Renoir/RenWah” 1841-1919. After a quick appraisal, they discovered that sure enough, it was an original from the French Impressionist valued at over $100,000.
This reminds me of how valuable we are in God’s eyes, even when others do not see it. The Bible says, “We are made in the image of God.” Now that is a label that makes each and every one of us priceless.
Have a Blessed Day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D