This is Day 6 of the “Wild Kids, Wild God – 31 Days looking at God’s Heart“ Series.
My son was working hard…the tip of his tongue even poked from his mouth. With all his might he was trying to make this drawing extra special. The finished product was astonishing, truly the most beautiful drawing he made to date.
I was eager to keep it but he was intent on giving it away….to another child! Oh No! No one could ever love this piece of paper like I did (except maybe dad or grandma…) and I wanted to frame it. But in the hands of another it would surely end up in the trash.
My heart hurt as my son folded it up in preparation to give it away.
At the party he handed it over shyly. I watched the other child take it, say thanks, and move on to other things. My son didn’t seem to mind, he was playing too, but I was sad. (honestly, it pains me even now to think of it..)
It hurts to put your heart into something and have it set aside, or rejected all together…
And then I thought about Jesus…the one so gentle he wouldn’t hurt a fly, much less stone a woman (John 8)… Jesus, the image and brightness of the Invisible God (Hebrews 1). God gave us His best– the kindest, most humble, and loving human being on the planet, and yet:
He [was] despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from him … (Isaiah 53)
My heart hurt as my son handed over his drawing to another. How did God feel when Jesus was handed over to us? (Luke 22:53).
In this world we may suffer rejection and misunderstanding, even from those closest to us–people we trust, family, church groups, etc. We may be rejected for who we are, how we look, dress, think, speak, what we do. Even our very identities and selves can be rejected.
But when the world rejects us, God Himself accepts us. You are Beloved, you are God’s Masterpiece.
…He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons (and daughters) by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:3-6)
This post is part of the Wild Kids, Wild God – 31 Days looking into God’s Heart series.
You are amazing and amazingly Loved… the Bible says we are even God’s Poem. See more here.
For a special look at children and how they remind us of heaven check, “The Truth about Children..”
Want to read more about the tenderness of God’s heart and the purpose of all the “hard” rules? See Pearl and Mother of Pearl..
Want to read more about God’s Crazy Love for you and everyone else on the planet? Check Wildly Loved, Love Burns Hot.