The dream was foggy in her memory… but for the words “He Who wants you.” The words stood out like a glowing banner, though no glow was visible, just the steady pulse of assurance deep inside the truth. It had nothing to do with human relationship, but of a deeper kind from the Source of one’s real acceptance. She sensed it in the very core of her being, a faint whisper of love to her soul.
It had been a hard year. The shell of existence cracking like that of an egg, one more hit threatening to destroy all. The whole world had been holding its breath… waiting, hoping, praying for sweet release. Resilience and faith of humankind was being tested, weariness moving throughout the global atmosphere. Still, the sun rose every day, and the moon each night, without fail.
“He Who wants you.” Long she had wondered at the patience of the Creator. The blatant rebellion of humankind throughout history to listen to Him, to acknowledge His ways. Jeremiah 6:16 (NKJV) recorded such evidence from days long gone by:
16 Thus says the Lord: “Stand in the ways and see,
And ask for the old paths, where the good way is,
And walk in it;
Then you will find rest for your souls.
But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
What arrogance that the created would speak thus to the Creator! To defy Him to His very face! What would keep Him from simply blasting them off the planet? Destroying them completely? What restraint held back His retaliation, anger, vengeance?
“He Who wants you.” The words ran through her mind again. “How can it be?” she thought. “I have failed so much. I have sought my own way, ignored God’s wise council, been selfishly focused. How could I be wanted? I have not done all the things to be desirable and worthy. How could I be wanted?”
Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1b)
“I have even called you by your name; I have named you, though you have not known Me.” (Isaiah 45:7b)
The Lord has appeared of old to me saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with loving kindness I have drawn you.” (Jeremiah 31:3)
And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” (Exodus 33:14)
And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)
“I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” (Exodus 33:19b)
“For I know the thoughts I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8)
“I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the LORD Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:18)
On and on went the words of affirmation and the LORD’s promises of love to His child, His children. Solace to her ears, after years of strife, her battles with inferiority, rejection, and insecurity. “Oh, that I would have listened sooner, more often,” she lamented.
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
“I come, LORD, I come. Thank You for still reaching out Your Love towards us, your rebellious creation… for loving and wanting each of us… for wanting me!”
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
“We love Him because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)