Yesterday one of our daughters posted photos having fun time with her middle child in the beautiful weather. The other two were occupied elsewhere for a change. That reminded me of my own three. I tried to spend a little time with each one on an individual basis, but it was hard after all three were here. There was always so much to do and so little time to get it all done. Yet we always found time to laugh and pretend and have fun. We also, as parents, learned how to deal with them according to their personalities and their likes and dislikes. We knew them each one completely and distinctly.
I enjoyed telling each one of mine that they were “my favorite”. After they were grown, I found Christmas ornaments that said, “I’m mom’s favorite – I’m the middle child (oldest child; youngest child)” which I promptly bought for all three! Often still, when we’ve spent time together or in a text just for them I will again express that they are my favorite. Each one holds an incredibly huge space in my heart. They are bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh, so I could not disown them if I tried. Each one is unique. Each one has certain giftings and abilities. They are not at all alike and yet oh so much alike.
God loves us, each and every one of us. He loves those who are in His family by rebirth. He loves those who aren’t in His family yet. He loves the obedient child, He loves the unruly one. He loves the one who listens to His Word and performs it. He loves his children no matter what. Each of His children, His creation, is different, but each is held very dear to His heart. He deals with each of us, as children. He knows our distinctness, our personality and our hopes and dreams. Because He created us He knows us. And because He knows us, He can be trusted like no other. He knows everything, good bad and indifferent and He loves us regardless. This is true love.
Oh beloved, as you wake up this morning, run to the One Who knows you! Run to the One Who knows your secrets, cares about your hurts and responds to your prayers! Run to the One Who has watched over you since before the foundation of the world! Although you may have been considered an accident, you are not and you are no mere chance of fate! Although you may have problems and may have caused problems along the way, you are not a problem! Even if you made a mistake, turned the wrong direction or walked away from God, you are His! And, because you are His, He will move heaven and earth on your behalf as you seek His face! Times may be hard, people may be against you, and you may not know what’s going to happen next, but you can trust the One Who loves you completely and without reservation. You are loved by the Lord and you are one of His favorites and that’s all that really matters!
Galatians 4:28 And you, dear brothers and sisters, are children of the promise, just like Isaac.
Ephesians 3:12 Because of Christ and our faith in Him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.
Romans 8:15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when He adopted you as His own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”
John 1:12 But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God.