Known Unto God
At the age of twelve I vividly recall walking alongside the Roll of Honour and into the Hall of Memory at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. The grandeur of the room will live long in my memory - the intricacy of the mosaic tiles on the 24 metre high dome roof, the beautifully ornate stained glass windows and the silent dignity of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. However, the statement engraved at the head of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier will stay with me forever: “Known unto God”.
In my position at the College I have the opportunity to regularly speak with students. One message that I often hear is that they feel misunderstood, disconnected and alone. Reflecting on these conversations I have wondered how this is possible in a world where, thanks to the internet and mobile devices, we are increasingly able to connect to anyone, anywhere at anytime we wish to.
Thinking back again to my time as a 12 year old (before mobile phones and the internet) I too recall many times when I experienced the same feelings of being misunderstood, disconnected and alone. In fact, even in adulthood we are are not immune to such feelings of isolation.
Thankfully, Jesus understands. He came down to this Earth and experienced life as a human being. He knows what it is like to be misunderstood (Matthew 16:13-16), disconnected (Luke 22:40), alone (Matthew 27:46), and much more. Even so, Jesus went out of his way to build relationships with others to help them feel significant, valued and loved.
The Bible encourages us today to build a relationship with Him (Philippians 4:6) and promises that unlike our earthly friends, He will never leave you or give up on you (Deuteronomy 31:6). In fact, more than this, you are created by Him (Genesis 1:27; Colossians 1:16); He even knows the number of hairs on your head (Luke 12:7). This, combined with the story of His death on the cross to rescue us from our sinful nature, surely shows just how much He cares for each one of us.
You are significant, valued and loved because you are “known unto God”. I pray that this will stay with you forever.
Who can you help feel significant, valued and loved this week?
Deputy Principal - Secondary