A collector car show is happening in another part of town. Those vehicles have been restored and have shiny new paint jobs. Signs tell us of their history and ask us not to get too close. Crowds of people hover nearby expressing their appreciation for these vehicles.
It made me wonder why some are abandoned while others are lovingly restored. Is there a determining factor as to what is worth saving? Who decides what is collectible and what isn’t? Is it the outside or inside that matters most?
I am so thankful that God does not judge me by my outside appearance. The signs of aging do not diminish my value.
Among the many promises of the Bible is one that says God will never abandon me. I know this to be true. When I attempted to rely on my own strength I faltered. God could have turned his back but instead lovingly restored me. He invites me to come close. It gives me great peace to know I will always be loved and cared for, even if I do have a few dents in my fenders.
Be happy with what you have because God has said, “I will never abandon you or leave you. (Hebrews 13:5 GWT)
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. (Isaiah 55:8 NLT)
The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7 NIV)