Thursday, August 19, 2010
You Matter: God's Unique Love
You are unique. . . just like everybody else.
Sometimes the uniqueness thing escapes me. There are times when I wonder about God's specific, unique love for me as an individual. On a good day, I can grasp his love for mankind in general and I constitute 1 of 6,700,000,000 mankind units; consequently, God loves me, too. That's the good news. The bad news is; it feels like he loves me just like he loves everybody else. We're globs of walking hemoglobin and God loves the whole mess. Not exactly inspiring.
I had an "aha" moment. Insight can come through a simple story. John Ortberg in God is Closer Than you Think tells this about his grandmother.
"When anyone asked her which of her six children she loved the most, she said love for your children doesn't work that way. She said it's as if when each child is born, another little room gets added to your heart. And no one else occupies that room. It doesn't have to be bigger or better than any other room. It's just theirs."
I get it! This helps me understand how God can have a unique, unequaled regard for me--that I, Steve Harris, matter to him.
A simple story conveying a profound truth. I hope it encourages you, too.