I think you’d fall in love with her.
Once you met her, you just wouldn’t be able to help it.
Because there’s something so sweet and so inviting about her smile and the way she looks at you.
And once you started talking with her, you probably wouldn’t even notice the wheelchair or how her limbs aren’t quite straight. Or that her speech is somewhat slurred.
You’d forget that she can’t walk and that she has a tendency to say the same thing over and over again.
All of that doesn’t matter because there’s something simply…special…about Avonlea.
And if I stopped to ask you how you think God views her? What does He think of her?
I already know what you’d say.
You’d say things like, “She’s beautiful.”
And, “God must smile at this dear child of God.”
Then likely add, “It doesn’t matter what she can…or cannot do. She’s wonderful just the way she is.”
And I’d have to agree with you.
She is all those things.
What Does God Think of You?
But here’s another question: What about you?
How do you think God views you? What does He think of you?
Does He approve of you? Is He pleased with you?
Or do you not quite measure up.
Do you lay in bed at the end of the day and think back on all the ways you didn’t quite get it right? How you said things you shouldn’t have. Or maybe you didn’t say enough of what you should.
You could have done more. Should have done more.
Feeling a vague sense of God’s disapproval and disappointment with you.
And you’re determined to do better the next day.
Or maybe, you’ve stopped trying. You know you’re not going to get it right…and you’re weary of missing the mark.
So why is it that we have so much compassion for those who are physically broken? Who are so obviously in need?
Why do we look down in love at this child who can do almost nothing on her own—not even go to the bathroom by herself? And then go on to withhold grace from our own challenging situation?
My guess is that somewhere in your experience — maybe in how you were parented or what you learned in church — you got the wrong idea of God and how He views you.
If this is your struggle, that you’re somehow “not quite enough,” then it’s time to replace those negative, condemning voices and replace them with the Voice of Truth.
- You are loved. (John 3:16)
- You are forgiven. (I John 1:9)
- You are a child of God. (John 1:12)
- You are a new creation. (II Cor. 5:17)
- God will help you. You are not on your own. (Isa. 41:10)
Today my husband, Matt, and I talking about what God really thinks of you on our FAITHFUL LIFE podcast. We hope you’ll join us for this encouraging, life-giving conversation!
In His grace,
Matt and Lisa Jacobson, authors of 100 Ways to Love Your Husband and 100 Ways to Love Your Wife, are the hosts of a weekly podcast to talk about what it means to be a biblical Christian in marriage, parenting, church, and culture. Matt and Lisa offer deep encouragement, along with practical steps and true-life stories, as we grow in walking the faithful life together.
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