Message from the Pastor's Desk
Matthew 10: 30-31 Jesus said: "And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."
As a child do you ever remember participating in a guessing contest where you were asked to guess,
for example, how many jellybeans were in a large jar full of jellybeans? I remember doing this
once as a young child and my guess about the number of jellybeans in that jar wasn't even close.
And, while we are thinking about such things; how many hairs do you think you have on top of your head?
For some of us this may be a bit easier to venture a guess today than it may have been a few years ago,
but even if your hair is "thinning" you'd probably agree, there's no way to calculate how many hairs we
have on our head.
A while ago I was glancing through a magazine that included an article about the problem of hair loss
and the article noted the following statistics: "If you have red hair, you have approximately 90,000
hairs on your head. If you have black hair, you have approximately 103,000 hairs on your head, Blonde
hair, you have approximately 140,000 hairs on your head." Do you find those statistics interesting? Are
you wondering, as I sure did, how in the world they came up with those figures? All I could envision
was some poor soul spending his entire life with a tweezer in his hand counting, one by one, the hair
on people's heads.
While these statistics aren't going to alter the course of world history, I do find them fascinating
because of what Jesus told us in the verse I included above. Jesus tells us that God has numbered each
hair on our head; not a single hair can fall from our head without God being aware of it. That fact
should astonish us all. God knows us so very well; he knows exactly how many hairs are on your head
and mine. Your hair could be black, red, blonde, or brown; you may have green or purple hair, (many do
these days you know); it doesn't matter to God. God's numbered each hair on your head. That's how well
He knows you and it proves how much God cares about you.
And there's something else. Because God knows you that well; God knows all the other things going on in
your life too. He knows the personal problems you face. He knows if your heart is full of sorrow or pain.
He knows the burdens you bear and the fears you face. God knows it all. And, a God like that can be
trusted. 1 Peter 5:7 tells us: "Cast all your cares on him because he cares for you."
Don't ever go up against God in a guessing contest about jellybeans, the hairs on your head, or about life.
No one knows more about these things than God. Place your life in his tender care.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor George Kaden