No Valet Ticket (Luke 12:6-7)

“We don’t give out valet tickets!”

“Excuse me?”

The man in the neatly tailored suit smiled smugly and once again declared, “We don’t give out valet tickets. We remember everyone’s cars!”

Many years ago, I attended a posh event for the hospital in which I was working. Held in a prestigious club that counted many famous celebrities as members, I was excited to attend. As I drove into the parking lot, I was greeted by a team of valets who welcomed me, took my car, and then surprised me by not giving me a valet ticket. In spite of the valet’s confidence, I was quite skeptical that he and his team would be able to successfully accomplish this task. I left my car with an uneasy feeling, hopeful I would be proven wrong. 

At the end of the evening, I found the same valet and asked him to retrieve my car. Smiling, he confidently nodded and within a few minutes, drove up in a car that was not mine. Chagrined, he tried again with the same result. I am quite certain the valets were adept at remembering the cars of their club members. This evening was different. There were over three hundred guests and many of us drove the same type of car. After two failures, the hapless valet finally asked me, “Do you know your license plate number?” They eventually found my car, nearly 30 minutes later. 

I am always astounded by people who can successfully demonstrate their ability to remember things about people they just met. I recall one person randomly handing out a deck of cards to the members of the audience, remembering to match the card with the person. With the cards hidden, he then proceeded to look at each person and remember their card. This event I attended could have used someone with his skills! God has blessed some of us with excellent memories but there are limits to what one can achieve.

What is the price of five sparrows—two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows. 

Luke 12:6-7 (NLT)

In this passage, Jesus reassures His disciples that God cares very deeply for everyone. Thanks be to God that He knows all of His children, who come and are adopted by Him by confessing and repenting of their sins and accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Of the billions of people who lived or will live on this earth, God knows all of them. Not only does He know our faces, He even numbers the very hairs on our head! That is a feat of memory that dwarfs anything we can fathom! Unlike the valet who still needed my help to remember, there are no limits to God’s memory!

Amen!

Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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