The Jewels in Grandma’s Button Box
How wonderful to see the sunshine streaming through our church windows Sunday morning. Goodbye, clouds. Hello sun! I hope you have had an opportunity this week to enjoy the departure of the clouds and return of somewhat warmer temperatures.
We have one more week for our study of the book of James. It has been a great time of growth for all of us. If you are interested in studying the Bible but don’t have a Sunday school class, why not join us at 10 a.m. next Sunday? We’ll have the coffee on!
When I was little I loved to look through my grandma’s button box. It was an old candy can with a picture of a fancy lady on the top in a beautiful gown. All over her gown were scrumptious-looking candies. I spent hours memorizing every part of that lid, but the real treasure was inside.
Children have an unjaded way of looking at things, and I was no different. These weren’t just cast-off buttons from dresses long worn out. Sure, some were just ordinary 2- and 4-hole buttons from shirts and house dresses. But there were many that I just knew were valuable. Among others, there were shank buttons of different colors and shapes that were encrusted with “diamonds” and “precious stones,” a few that were clear and faceted, and several black buttons with large, sparkly “diamonds” in the middle.
I spent hours poring over those buttons, imagining the beautiful dresses and gowns they came from, and wondering about their value. I loved those buttons and hoped that someday those pretty buttons would be mine. Of course, that was long before I realized they were made of rhinestones and plastic, among other things.
Learning the truth about the buttons changed how I looked at them, even though I still thought they were pretty and would have loved to have some of them for craft projects. And thinking about them reminded me of a Victorian children’s hymn called Precious Jewels, especially the third verse:
Little children, little children
Who love their Redeemer,
Are the jewels, precious jewels,
His loved and His own.
Like the stars of the morning,
His bright crown adorning,
They shall shine in their beauty,
Bright gems for His crown.
According to the world’s view, most of us are like those buttons in my grandma’s button box. We are often cast off, odd, not fitting in with others. Some may view us as cheap, just a little button, not good for much else, just plastic and rhinestones. But God sees us differently. Just as I loved those buttons and wanted them for my own, God sees us as His precious jewels to shine in His kingdom. What the world rejects, Jesus died to save. The things that those “in the know” fail to recognize, God sees as valuable and redeemable. And what governments and administrations see as weak and worthless, Jesus will gather to His side.
Not sure you agree with me? Then listen to what the Bible says about your value.
“Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!” (Luke 12:24).
“But the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart’” (1 Samuel 16:7).
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
By the way, while I was researching for this article, I found out that buttons are probably the most popular collectible in the world. Your “Collector” values your presence in His collection. You can count on that truth. God sees you as valuable not because of who you are or what you have done, but because you are God’s creation, redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ. Don’t let anyone tell you any different. God loves you!
If you aren’t sure about God’s love and that you are truly lovable, come to church on Sunday and hear it from God’s Word. We’d love to have you join us.
Hope to see you soon,
Pastor Mary Kay
Ebenezer Presbyterian Church