“The Life-Light was the real thing;
Every person entering Life,
He brings into Light.
He was in the world,
the world was there through Him,
and yet the world didn’t even notice […]
But whoever did want him,
who believed he was who he claimed,
and would do what he said.
He made to be their true selves,
their child of God selves.”
What is a “child of God” self?
In the book of Jeremiah, God says, “Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you.”
We are not just another blob of cells, DNA and muscle fibers. Although you are one of 7.5 billion people on the planet, you have a God who specialized in YOUR personal creation.
“God pays great attention to you—down to the last detail—even numbering the hairs on your head.” -Luke 12:6
Personally, I annoy my husband with the amount of hair I lose daily. He loves that I keep my hair long, and is willing to deal with the consequences: long brown strands clogging up the white porcelain shower and sink.
If God says he is able to keep up with my hourly hair loss, He must be intimately aware of what makes me happy, tired, sad and stressed daily. Not only that, but He created me with a life plan.
You weren’t created to be forgotten or to blend into the crowd, unnoticed. Your inventor needed your presence, your gifts, your dreams, your purpose…and He loved it.
You may feel like you were born perfect and beautifully, but life has left you tarnished and, in some places, broken. Our Creator God also specializes in refurbishment. When we take the difficult step of inwardly offering our lives to God, He gives them back to us.
But, they are different. The rust that has endured many scratches and storms is removed. The broken places begin to heal, and we once again see the dreams and purpose of our original self.
Perhaps this Easter it is time to come home and find your true self again in the limitless love of God. All you need to do is to take a difficult step–one that does require faith and may be laced with doubt. That is ok. Try it. Just BELIEVE.
If you wish to meditate on the truth that God is YOUR personal creator and keeper of your heart, I recommend this song:
I dedicate this series of devotional writings to my grandfather, Roger Crowell, who passed away on March 31. He was the ultimate lover of devotional books. He had an unbreakable habit of waking up every morning and connecting with God through the writings of others.
Pa, I am glad you are now constantly in His presence.
Love, Your granddaughter — Olivia Puccini