Recently I heard the phrase: “Something is only worth what you’re willing to pay for it.”

That resonated with me because I had just visited the local recycling centre and purchased a set of cast iron furniture, consisting of a small chair, coffee table and wall shelf. It was one of those things that I spotted and immediately ‘had to have.’ Walking away and trying to distract myself with other things did not work; I knew that I’d be cross with myself if I didn’t grab them while I could. I did however wonder, as I loaded the car, if I was completely crazy.

The chair was what I most wanted and so I advertised the table on gumtree for the price that I had just paid for all three. I could have sold it twice, but realised as I saw the replies to my ad that I actually didn’t want to! In the end I took the ad down, at least reassured that I was sane to have wanted them.

The experience reminded me of the parable of the Pearl of Great price in Matt 13: 45-46

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it."

How amazing it is that God loved us so much that He was willing to give up everything. Jesus exchanged his all-powerful, multi-dimensional nature in order to become a servant and ultimately to suffer abuse and death at our hands.

We are that Pearl… paid for with a great price. We are that valuable, no matter who and no matter what, because we were made in His image in the first place for a relationship with Him. Sometimes when I focus on who God actually is, it’s very hard to believe that he would sacrifice so much for the likes of me; but having accepted it, it is the most liberating truth I have ever embraced.

As for the cast iron chair (now painted blue) it stands proudly (and brightly) on the art cubby veranda whilst the table is hosting some pot-plants out on the patio. I still don’t know what to do with the shelf though!