Years ago, I participated in a forensic class and was amazed to discover how unique each person truly is. I knew that each of our fingers has a unique print, but I was surprised to discover that no two people have the same fingerprints including identical twins. When you consider that each cell in our body contains over 20,000 genes, it is not difficult to conclude our genetic makeup is very special.
I recently attended a Braves game with my staff. The stadium was packed on that particular evening, and I was wearing a yellow shirt. About midway through the game, I was surprised to receive a picture via text from a friend who was sitting clear across the stadium. The picture was of me sitting in my seat with the caption, "I see you!" The fact that he could pick me out of a crowd of 50,000 was amazing, but I guess my yellow shirt stood out in the sea of people.
The grind of life can wear us down to the point that we no longer feel special. It is during these times that we need to remember that God promises us that he considers each one of us special and unique. Although the average human head has over 100,000 hairs — unless you have my bald head — we are reminded, "And the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a multitude of sparrows," (Luke 12:17).
The Bible is very clear that each of us is created in God's image, and that we are a very special creation to him. In Isaiah 49:16, we are told that we have been engraved in the palms of his hands, and in Ephesians 2:10, we are told, "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."
We were not created in batches like you would bake cookies or on an assembly line like a car. Instead, we are individually created by God with a specific identity and purpose unlike anyone else. That makes us special!