Jill Jarrell Newsome
Unique & Special
I could not wait to get to Grace Bay to see what the sand, shells and sea looked like! I was hoping to have some shells to take home. The sand here is powdery white and the shells are mostly white and simple. My great grandfather's "lawyer cabinet" sits in my living room. It is a stackable unit with three shelves that have held books, china and now shells from around the world....and many from Wrightsville Beach. When I went to South Africa I started noticing the different types of beach sand when I travel. The colors, the textures are all unique.
Have you ever seen photographs of sand under a microscope and blown up over 250 times their actual size? The internet shows grains that look "like red, glossy stones, others look like icicles; some resemble speckled yellow and brown eggs, and still others seem shaped like corncobs, snowflakes, and precious gems. Some grains are square; some, spherical; and some, flat." You would have no idea that you are even looking at sand. No two grains are the same.
When you are at the beach massaging your feet in the warm sand, think about each tiny grain of sand is unique in shape, color and texture just as God created each one. Look down the beach and you see sand in both directions - as far as you can see. Think of how many tiny grains of sand are just on that area of the beach you can see. You are actually picturing blessings extending in every direction because God's love is greater than the number of grains of sand.
It is hard for us to comprehend the enormity of God's love compared to grains of sand. There is no way we can think of that big of a number. In Psalm 139, 17-18, King David tells us, "How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you."
If God knows each grain of sand of course He knows all about us! But have you ever thought of how many humans there are? Think of all the human beings who have lived, are living now and will live on earth. Each one is created by God and is unique! No one else is like you! No one has your fingerprint. No one has had your fingerprint in the past and no one will have your fingerprint in the future! Your looks, your personality, your voice, your intelligence all make you unique.
Through Jeremiah God has shown us how special we are. Jeremiah 29: 11, "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." God told Jeremiah that he had been working before he was born to prepare him to be a prophet, working through his parents and those before them. Psalm 139: 14, "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Jeremiah 1: 5, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
Think of how your past and how you grew up shaped your life. Think about how your parents shaped your life! God was preparing us generations back. I know when He made my Mamal and my Dad that He knew what influence they would have on my faith! He knew when He made my Mom that she would greatly influence my prayer life. Even the bad things in my life He brought good from. He will use all of this to bring good to us and glory to Him!
God told Jeremiah that He had been preparing Him for this very hour. Think about that. God has prepared you and I for this very hour. He made us to be right here, right now. He has a task for each one of us that no one else was prepared for. How special is that?