When iron is exposed to oxygen and moisture, the oxygen combines with the metal at an atomic level forming a new compound called iron oxide, more commonly known as “rust”; metal is consumed and it becomes rusty.
Focusing our energies on the wrong things has the same effect on our lives as rust has on metal. Consumed by our problems we get rusty, in a manner of speaking.
Exposed to darkness for longer periods of time we tend to get discouraged. A bad situation always looks worse at night. Under the influence of darkness we are driven to make decisions we later regret. Darkness can be overpowering, but God created light for a reason. He overpowered darkness – we need to remember that. Holding on just a little bit longer, we will see the proverbial light at the end of a dreary tunnel.
Meanwhile, it is a good idea to turn around and look at the things that are going for us. In accounting terms, we stop obsessing over the things deducted and appreciate what is credited to our account. If we are under the impression that nobody cares I venture to say that probably more people care about us than we are aware. Conversely, more people are blessed through us than we can tell from our limited perspective. We are simply unable to see the full picture. God is able though – and we are able to count on His faithfulness.
People who vouch for us are our treasure trove. Knowing people who love us is precious and makes us truly rich. On the opposite end, the absence of good friends makes us poor, regardless the size of our bank account.
God is our treasure. The treasure trove of His love is not subject to rust; His love is timeless and moves mountains. To know that He cares is knowing hope. This is how we keep going and not give up. In moments when we feel small and inconsequential we need to remember that every person matters to God.
Never forget that God treasures us – yes, He does – and probably more than we will ever know.