Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Unwanted

     I believe we all have days we feel unwanted and unloved. I believe we all feel misplaced and misguided, alone and lonely, wondering if anyone cares and dealing with the pain of rejection. On those days, I love to remind myself of the most vividly beautiful description I have ever read concerning God's desire for me. This passage in Ezekiel talks about God rescuing Israel, His chosen nation. Because of Christ's sacrifice and gift to us, we, too, are counted among His chosen. This means these very words are God's heart for us. When we feel unwanted, all we need to do is look into the eyes of our Father and know He loves us to beautiful perfection. 

     I hope this portion of God's Word comforts your heart as much as it does mine. 

     (emphasis added)




Ezekiel 16:4-14, Message
“On the day you were born, your umbilical cord was not cut, you weren’t bathed and cleaned up, you weren’t rubbed with salt, you weren’t wrapped in a baby blanket. No one cared a fig for you. No one did one thing to care for you tenderly in these ways. You were thrown out into a vacant lot and left there, dirty and unwashed—a newborn nobody wanted. 

And then I came by. I saw you all miserable and bloody. Yes, I said to you, lying there helpless and filthy, “Live! Grow up like a plant in the field!” And you did. You grew up. I took care of you, dressed you and protected you. I promised you my love and entered the covenant of marriage with you. I, God, the Master, gave my word. You became mine. 

I gave you a good bath, washing off all that old blood, and anointed you with aromatic oils. I dressed you in a colorful gown and put leather sandals on your feet. I gave you linen blouses and a fashionable wardrobe of expensive clothing. I adorned you with jewelry: I placed bracelets on your wrists, fitted you out with a necklace, emerald rings, sapphire earrings, and a diamond tiara. You were provided with everything precious and beautiful: with exquisite clothes and elegant food, garnished with honey and oil. 

You were absolutely stunning. You were a queen! You became world-famous, a legendary beauty brought to perfection by my adornments." 


    God wants you. 

    He is your Rescuer. He is your Parent. He is your Nurse. He is your Caretaker.
    He is your Seamstress. He is your Provider. He is your Husband. He is your Beauty.

     You are not alone. 


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