This morning I am blanketed in the words "precious" and "gentle", even the pastel colours of the inbetween morning whisper softly these words. ('Inbetween' winter and spring, night and day.)
If you know me at all, you know that I love the sound of babies laughing, I can't help but smile even when I think of their sweet giggles. This morning I think of one little girl in particular. She is not giggling. This precious little one was violated in the worst way, left damaged and ill. Righteous indignation rises up within me and my heart breaks a little more. I don't even know this little one personally; I do know she doesn't deserve to be harmed.
How much more does our God, the One who formed this little one in her mother's womb, - how much more does His heart break?
When you look at another, do you see them with the eyes of God. Precious in His sight, everyone of us.Take away all of the man made layers of existence and see what God sees. Not a hyper brat, not a famous media star, not a doctor, not a street person, not handicapped, not dirty, not a fighter, not a prostitute, not a pimp, not a clever business person, not a pastor...Rather, a precious soul. One He was willing to die for - and not just die, but rise again conquering death and sin. We are so precious to Him that He is willing for us to know Him!
God is not just an overlord with a set of rules that we must follow in order to please Him. God is, in man-form, Jesus Christ, who wants to engage in a relationship with us. He will not violate us. We must invite Him into our lives in order to begin this wonderful relationship. We are precious to Him and He is gentle with us, knowing what we need when we need it, providing for us, healing us, guiding us, loving us.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.~Matthew 11:29
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.~John 3:16
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.~Revelation 3:20