We Each Count in God’s Eyes
Yael Eckstein | May 11, 2021
“Take a census of the whole Israelite community by their clans and families, listing every man by name, one by one.” — Numbers 1:2
Each week in synagogue, Jews read through the Torah from Genesis to Deuteronomy. The Torah portion for this week is Bamidbar, which means “in the desert,” from Numbers 1:1–4:20.
Growing up, I had a friend who was one of eleven children. When we first met, I imagined that it was hard for her to share her parents with ten other people and that she didn’t enjoy the same loving attention that I did from mine. After all, how could any two parents possibly care and love eleven children at the same time? However, in reality, my friend’s parents were just as loving and involved in her life as mine were. They treated each of their children as though they were their only child.
It was only when I became a parent that I completely understood how my friend’s parents could love so many children at the same time. Each one of my four children is special, and my relationship with each one is unique. Every time we added another child to our family, our love wasn’t divided, rather it grew exponentially. My love for my children is so great, beyond anything I ever imagined, and nothing could ever change that.
And just like our children, we each matter and count in God’s eyes as well.
We Each Count to God
In this week’s Torah portion, we learn that God counted the children of Israel by commanding Moses to take a census of the people. Of course, He already knew how many of them were there, but He wanted them to know that each one of them mattered, that each one counted. No matter how many people there were, God wanted them to know that each one was precious to Him. The same is true for us today — we each count and matter in God’s eyes.
Today, there are over seven billion people in the world. With so many people, it’s easy to think that God doesn’t notice us. We could mistakenly think that we don’t matter very much or that we aren’t especially loved.
But the truth is that it doesn’t matter if we are the only human being on Earth, or if we are one in ten billion – to God, we are like an only child. He loves us, cares for us and takes care of us just as He would if we were the only one. If God sees us as invaluable, then it’s time for us to see ourselves — and each other—in the same way, too.
As you go throughout your day, remember that in all you do, you matter to God!