Keeper of the Hearth Publication 2

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You are not a mistake: this applies to me

Happy Wednesday to the internet community.

Below is the daily devotional that I posted on my other blog, www.lemonadestandbythecreek.sapces.live.com.

Isaiah 44:24

This is what the LORD says— gospel_1abc
       your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb:
       I am the LORD,
       who has made all things,
       who alone stretched out the heavens,
       who spread out the earth by myself,

In God’s family there are no illegitimate children, no mistakes, no accidents, no orphans. God wanted us. He planned us. Whether or not we were wanted by our biological parents, the fundamental truth remains unchanged: the Sovereign Lord called us into being. He planned our existence, our ancestry, our genetic code, our cultural heritage, our nationality, our personality—all with the view to fulfilling his good plan of our lives.

This same commitment in the heart of God that brought us into the world also brings all who embrace him into eternal relationship with him. Our heavenly Father has adopted us as his children and made us his friends. He has a destiny for each of our lives. We can choose to reject him and his good plans for us. But if we embrace this truth about our destiny and act upon it, he will empower us to be and do all he has purposed for us.

What have  you believed about how God sees you? Ask him to help you embrace his truth about you and his purposes for your life.

After proof reading this, the devotional hit its mark in my thoughts.

I am touched by God’s love and blessings with the thought of how He planned me. More endearing to my heart, God wanted me.

This realization hits my mind like a clap of thunder reverberating through the sky. This concept touched my heart a long time back, when I accepted Jesus as my Savior, but it has taken many a winding road to reach into and settle into my thoughts. Understanding the condition my stubborn pride is like that though. A relatively simple idea so easy to grasp takes the longest to truly comprehend.

It reminds me of a book, The Shack, I read a few months ago. In chapter 9, entitled ‘A Long Time Ago, In A Garden Far, Far Away’ the story enters a garden that appears as a “beautiful mess” to the main character. Later at the end of the chapter after work in the garden was finished, this is what is revealed:

Sarayu reached up and kissed Papa on the cheek. “As always, your timing is perfect. Everything that I needed Mackenzie to do there is finished.” She turned to him. “Mackenzie, you are such a delight! Thank you for all your hard work!”

I didn’t do that much, really,” he apologized. “I mean, look at this mess.” His gaze moved over the garden that surrounded them. “But it really is beautiful, and full of you, Sarayu. Even though it seems like lots of work still needs to be done, I feel strangely at home and comfortable here.”

The two looked at each other and grinned.

Sarayu stepped toward him until she had invaded his personal space. “And well you should, Mackenzie, because this garden is your soul. This mess is you! Together, you and I, we have been working with a purpose in your heart. And it is wild and beautiful and perfectly in process. To you it seems like a mess, but to me, I see a perfect pattern emerging and growing and live—a living fractal.”

The impact of her words almost crumbled all of Mack’s reserve. He looked again at their garden—his garden—and it really was a mess, but incredible and wonderful at the same time. And beyond that, Papa was here and Sarayu loved the mess. It was almost too much to comprehend and once again his  carefully guarded emotions threatened to spill over.

The Holy Spirit moves within my heart, mind and soul working with me in the garden of my soul, my beautiful mess. God loves me and my mess. Gratefully, I receive all His tilling of the soil within my heart and the pulling of the weeds that distract from His blossoming flowers within my soul.