Have you ever felt like a wreck on wheels? I did last Wednesday. After a hectic morning juggling home school, writing, odd bits of housework, and scrounging up lunch for my husband and daughter, I dashed out to the store for groceries. My limited life skill savvy told me it would be tough to get back home in time for a 3:30 meeting in my living room, but there was NO food in my house.
After 45 minutes of speed walking the aisles at the grocery store and throwing stuff in my cart like a crazy woman, I loaded 20 bags of groceries into my car and headed home to make the meeting. I just had one problem. Traffic. My 10 minute drive turned into 30. When I walked in the door with my groceries, our guests had already arrived.
My generous friends acted like it was the most natural thing in the world for me to get there after they did with 20 bags of groceries, but I felt about two inches high on the Pinterest hospitality scale.
It was one more opportunity to come to grips with the fact that I’m less than perfect.
All of these describe me:
- The housewife who can’t keep toilet paper or toothpaste in the house
- The pastor’s wife who forgets it’s her turn to lead the church service
- The home schooling mom who loses her gradebook
- The writer who just spent an hour scrolling on Facebook rather than writing
Instead, I choose to remember the identity God has assigned to me:
Before the Israelites crossed the Jordan to take the Promised Land, God reminded them once more that He had chosen them as His treasure. He knew the challenges they faced might make them forget. He wanted them to remember that He’d set His affection on them, not because of anything they’d done, but simply to display His love and faithfulness.
We also encounter challenges that make us feel “less than,” but God wants to remind us of His love for us. As we face stress in our marriages, struggles with kids, and conflict at work, God wants us to remember we’re His special treasure. When weariness overwhelms, relationships hurt, and finances threaten to undo, we can take comfort in knowing we belong to Him.
What about you, friend? How are you doing today?
Maybe you need a moment to slow down, breathe deep and remember:
God treasures you.
You’re his unique, treasured possession. He has set you apart for Himself.
He sets His affection on you.
We’re the objects of affection. He loves us not because of anything we’ve done, but simply because He chooses to love. That’s who He is. God sent Jesus to die in our place, to cover our sin and shame. Not good enough is not a problem with Jesus. We’re free to receive God’s love.
He wants you for His own.
You may feel like a mess up, but He chooses you anyway. You belong to Him, and you’d better believe He’s on your side. No matter what you face, He goes ahead of you. He fights your battles. You have only to be still and trust.
When we fail, He loves. When we doubt, He loves. When we’re running on empty, He loves. Stop and breathe today, friend. Remember you’re His treasure. Rest in His love.