The greeting on the planet Pandora, in the Disney classic movie Avatar, has always intrigued me. When two Pandorians greeted each other, they would say, “I see you.” https://youtu.be/ixzUQPkaR-U This greeting was not a matter of catching sight of each other, but a recognition of the other’s value. In other words, you are not invisible to me. Such words address a basic need and a common fear. Each of us wants to matter, to be seen, whether it is those 15 minutes of fame or simply the desire to be loved and appreciated by those around us. We tend to fear being overlooked, dismissed, forgotten and abandoned. It hurts to not be ‘seen.’ But the Bible shares that we are not only seen by God, but we are very valuable to God.
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. – Matthew 10:29-31 (personal emphasis added)
We fear insignificance. We fear disappearance. We fear coming and going and no one knowing, no one noticing. This is why it bothers us when someone doesn’t return our calls or texts. This is why we are grieved when we go uninvited or are not included. It affirms our deepest concern – that no one cares.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. – Psalm 139:13-14
For we are God’s masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. – Ephesians 2:10
God sees you. God values you. As the popular slogan so accurately reminds us: “God don’t make no junk!” The high opinion that God has of your value should outweigh any assessment of the world. This includes your own self-evaluation. In the face of God’s proclamation of your worth, let’s abandon the self-depreciating evaluations we harbor and cast them with any other dismissal by man, placing them at the feet of Him who truly matters. Let us diminish our fears by seeking out the value that God sees in us. Let us strive to recognize the potential that is created in us, and live fearlessly in the face of a world that may or may not see us.