Posted by: kathryngraves | June 1, 2012

Chosen

“But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.'” Isaiah 43:1

Did you ever make something out of clay and fire it so you could keep it? The year I was ten, my Girl Scout troop learned how to do that. My right arm was in a cast, so I was limited to the use of my left hand. I’m not left-handed, so I fashioned a lop-sided rabbit. But I loved that rabbit. After he was glazed and baked I thought he was the cutest rabbit ever. Up until just a few years ago, my  mother still had my rabbit. I think it finally fell apart.

The act of creating something also creates a sense of ownership, of pride. My grandmother was an artist who painted and she used to say she couldn’t sell her paintings because she couldn’t bear to part with them.

If we humans feel this way about inanimate objects, and of course, even more so about our children, how much must the Lord feel pride and possession about us? Ephesians 1:4 says, “Just as He chose us before the foundation of the world . . .” Amazing. We’ve been on God’s mind since before He created the world. Then He actually created you and me. Read Psalm 139:13-16. Now He calls us by name. He redeemed us by the blood of Jesus Christ so He could say forever, “You are Mine.” (Is. 43:1b)

Suffering can make us think God doesn’t know or care. We’re vulnerable to the Evil One’s thought-attacks. We wonder how a God who loves us could let us go through this.

We need to remember how much God loves us, how He created us. How we belong to Him and that He jealously says, “You are Mine!” We’re not alone.

Knowing I was not alone, that someone else fully understood my suffering, helped me make it through. That’s why I sought out others who had already walked my road. But it’s also why I knew I could turn to the Lord. He understood and He kept me. He couldn’t bear to let go.

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