Numbers! I love numbers! I know what you’re thinking, just a few days ago I said the same thing about words. I absolutely love words! But just ask the members of my family, they will tell you, “She loves numbers!”
Numbers are very different than words. The difference is that words have such emotions attached to them while numbers do not. You may feel emotional when you consider the number of zeroes following 16 for the national debt, or you may feel emotional when you have too many or too few zeroes following the 16 in your bank account whether it is $16.00 or $160,000. Either one will give you an emotional reaction, but it is actually in response to the words “too high,” “too low,” “too much,” or “too little.”
So, it is safe to say that numbers do not have emotional implications; they are just fun. You can move them around, play with them, add, subtract, multiply, divide, and crunch them. You can even draw pictures with them. An “8” makes a dandy snowman by simply adding a hat and carrot nose, while your number “7” can easily become a cliff to fall off or dive from and, well, a “0” can provide an endless number of opportunities.
I don’t have a favorite number. I love all numbers: odd numbers, even numbers, and round numbers, not to mention decimal numbers, and mixed numbers, square roots and exponential numbers. I have to admit I give reverential respect to the numbers 3, 7, 12, and 40, obviously special numbers to God, but basically I can get excited about any number and its endless possibilities. Take the number “0” for example. It is, without a doubt, the most powerful of all numbers. Why, you can take that one round little number and multiply it by the national debt and entirely erase it. Unfortunately, it will do the exact same thing to your bank account, so it is likely we should leave that number alone. It adds nothing and takes nothing away but multiplying can be extremely dangerous.
The number following “0” as counting goes is a very important number, the number “1”. I love the story of the little girl who sees hundreds of starfish washed up on the beach. She picks up one and places it gently back in the water and proceeds to the next one. A stranger approaches and says to her, “You can’t possibly get enough of those starfish back in the water to make any difference.” “Sir,” she says, “It makes a difference to that one.”
I think that the number “1” is the most important number to God. For in the beginning He created “1” man and then “1” woman. Then I Timothy 2:5 says ” For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” And John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16. Not for the world, but for “1,” for the “whosoever.”
When you are in trouble, and you call out to Him, even if one million others are calling out to Him at the same time, you are the one He answers. If you are the one who looks up to Him, you are the one He sees. If you are the one who gives your heart to Him, you are the one He receives. If there had only been one, He would have done it. . .for just one.
Celebrate the Number One today! You are One mighty important person to God!