Lunar New Year is drawing near. At our shopping malls and in every housing estate, you see stalls decorated in red selling all kinds of Chinese New Year goodies and stuff.
And somehow, you would know this is the Year of the Pig. The piggy icons are everywhere on decorations, Hongbaos and very soon in our video greetings.
I don’t subscribe to the auspicious interpretation of the Chinese Zodiac. For me, this is never the Year of the Pig but the Year of the Lord.
Yet the Word of the Lord tells us we are P.I.G. vis-à-vis “Precious In God.”
The God Himself says: “Since you were precious in My sight, you have been honoured and I have loved you” (Isaiah 43:4).
We are PIG, “Precious In God!”
When you look at your children, no matter how naughty, stubborn or disobedient, remember they are PIG.
When you look at your teenage youths, nieces and nephews, no matter how weird they seem in their hairstyle, dressing and the way they talk, remember they are PIG.
When you are in the advancing years of dependence, support and assistance, feeling empty and useless, remember you are PIG!
When you face the raging battle of low self worth in the lowest moments of your life, remember you are PIG!
God tells us through the prophet Isaiah that when we pass through difficult times, He will be with us because we are PIG, precious in His sight.
When you pass through the troubled waters of life, cross the swollen river of stress and pressures, face the fiery flame of crisis and challenges, God says, “I will be with you” (Isaiah 43:2). It is because you are PIG (Isaiah 43:4).
You are PIG, in spite of all your problems, weaknesses and failures.
God loves you. You are Precious In God. If God has a desktop display in heaven, He will have your picture on it. God is like some crazy lover, who tattooed the name of the one He loves. He has your name and mine inscribed on His hand. He says, “See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands” (Isaiah 49:16).
God even asks a bizarre question, “Can a woman forget her nursing child?” (Isaiah 49:15a). Not at all. Even if she could, God says, “Yet I will not forget you” (Isaiah 49:15b).
For that, we celebrate – not the pig but the fact we are “Precious In God” this year and always.
Xin Nian Kuai Le! Happy New Year!