Thursday, January 17, 2013

He Loves Me Anyway

I love visits from my friend Amanda.  I get the friendship and the joy without the stress of having to get the house spotlessly clean. This is not to say that I don't clean up a bit, but I don't stress over it.  With Amanda I can be real, honest, and open.  She loves me just as I am--messy house, messy heart, and all.

In a similar way, God meets me where I am.  He loves me in spite of my fears and failures.  He listens to whatever is on my heart, and he loves me anyway.  Even after years of knowing Him, I still marvel at that:  God loves me.  Me!  The one with the messy heart, the one who daily falls short, the one who could never ever earn His love.  Amazing grace, indeed.

'Kevin and I survey Plymouth Bay' photo (c) 2008, Andy Gregorowicz - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/I came across this verse (Deuteronomy 33:12) when I was searching for "beloved":
About Benjamin he said, Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.
Isn't that a beautiful word picture?  
I am "beloved of the Lord."  

When I'm weary of soul, I can rest secure in Him.  

When I'm afraid, He shields me.  

And I can rest between His shoulders.  This is like a father carrying his son.  For me, that summons descriptive words like trustworthy and safe.  Who doesn't desire that?

What comes to mind when you read this verse?


9 comments :

  1. That is a beautiful verse, Melissa! Thanks for stopping by my place today and sharing your heart. It's amazing that He calls us beloved. What a blessing!

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  2. I read that same verse this morning as I was writing my post. Your picture captures the essence so perfectly! What an amazing word picture that represents.

    I loved your post. It's always special to have an Amanda in our lives. But to consider that God loves us just as we are is truly amazing.

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

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  3. I love that He shields him too - makes me think of all that wonderful protection from harm - not just from others but from things like too much sun.

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  4. A beautiful verse and great visual....how safe we are with Jesus. Stopping over from Bonnies.

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  5. very beautiful!
    love how you find the perfect versus and picture to go with it!

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  6. Praying we all continue to accept and receive His name for us -- beloved.

    Graet post.

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  7. My husband once asked me, "How do other people keep their houses clean?"

    I said, "When you see their houses, it's because they expected you. Otherwise, a house is always a bit lived in like ours."

    Good blog.

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  8. Don't you love friends like Amanda? Ones where you can live messy and still be loved? You make a great analogy. So glad we don't have to clean up for the Lord. He's the one who does that for us!

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  9. Amen! We are truly and totally known by Him and He loves us in ways we shall never comprehend...

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