A child sits on the furthest bench in the furthest corner of the playground.
She stares at her swinging feet with slumped shoulders. Trying to make herself as small as possible as she fidgets through an afternoon recess, her self-value shrinks to size of the smallest pebble she flicks from the seat next to her.
Lost in a life of disappointed parents, accusing teachers and teasing classmates, she seems to have no place of honor. She longs for a new home, and a new name that places her in a much grander scene where gets the trophy for being the most treasured by the authority that reigns. The daydreams take her on grand adventures and daring feats instead of pushing peers and lonely nights.
As she passes the white church on her trek to and from school, she pauses to stare at the cross on top, wondering if fleeting prayers would send flights of angels to her rescue. She sends wishes to the wind but doesn’t give much thought once they disperse because she believes that no one is listening. Yet somehow, she feels a tug that there’s something more to that cross that casts a shadow across her face most days.
Our loving Father understands her hopes and dreams.
He hears her wishes and convicts her to turn them to prayers. The Lord doesn’t abandon His children, even when all things seem hopeless. He holds that grand adventure in His hand. The crown to the kingdom is gladly shared with all those that He calls His.
When you are feeling like shrinking into the bench in the corner or blending into the flowered walls of defeat, remember that the Lord’s Word holds truth and promise. His children do not go unnoticed or unloved. We are at a place of honor in His kingdom.When you are feeling like shrinking into the bench in the corner or blending into the flowered walls of defeat, remember that the Lord's Word holds truth and promise. Click To Tweet
Here are thirteen verses to reflect upon to help see the value that you not only have in the kingdom, but in our Loving Father.
Psalm 3:3 NIV
But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
You have made them a little lower than the angels
and crowned them with glory and honor.
Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
and because I love you,
I will give people in exchange for you,
nations in exchange for your life
Because the Sovereign Lord helps me,
I will not be disgraced.
Therefore have I set my face like flint,
and I know I will not be put to shame.
because of the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel,
for he has endowed you with splendor.
You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand,
a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus
1 Peter 2:6
“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.”
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.