My morning devotion outlined how God has chosen me.
I John 3:1 tells me that God loves me so much He called me to be His child;
I Peter 2:9 tells me that God has called me from the darkness into the light;
Ephesians 3:19 tells me that God’s love for me is so wonderful it cannot be measured – it is more that I can even imagine.
As I meditated on those scriptures, my heart and mind went back to the day I adopted my sweet Millie. (who I recently had to put down). God often uses the pain in our life to teach us new strengths. Millie caught my eye the first day we looked at the shelter dogs. There was just something unusual about her. In all honesty, she was NOT the cutest dog in the shelter. I picked out some OTHER dogs and yet they brought me Millie. When I heard the story of how she was abused, abandoned, suffered a severe head trauma and subsequent surgery, and survived heart worms, my heart melted. When they told me she most likely would never be adopted – well the deal was sealed. This dog deserved a wonderful life. The day I adopted her I led her out to my car and she willingly jumped into my backseat. We headed down the road and I looked at her in my rearview mirror and promised her right there and then that I would give her a life better than she could ever imagine.
You see all Millie knew was a life of pain and a life of confinement. She had no idea that just a few miles down the road there was a comfortable home with soft couches and fluffy dog beds. She couldn’t even imagine a big back yard of her own, walks every day, road trips, new toys and yummy treats. As she looked out the car window, perhaps frightened by the unknown, she could not conceive of cuddling with me at night while we watched TV or wearing a soft robe after a bath to keep her warm.
Maybe you’re in a painful or lonely place right now. I want to tell you that God loves YOU more than you can ever imagine right where you are. The Bible tells us God knows the plans He has for us – and believe me: they surpass anything you can imagine. The question is:
Are you willing to jump into the backseat (that would mean letting Him drive), and let Him take you from the darkness into the light?
My prayer for you today is the same prayer that Paul prayed for the Ephesians: “I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Eph 3: 17-19)
Go on —get in the car.