Chosen

“You didn’t choose me. I chose you…”
‭‭John‬ ‭15:16‬a

It was a long time ago, but I still remember.

I remember how it feels to be the last one chosen.

A ball player I am not. Never have been. And my peers knew it. A spelling bee, a history quiz, a word game, a spot of drama – those, I could handle.

Sports, not so much.

I couldn’t blame them, really. They wanted to win, after all.

But it still pinched to be chosen as a last resort. An obligation.

My hands would get hot. A heavy weight settled in my middle – I could swear that the home plate had been wedged there between my kidneys. My forehead, feeling heavier than it had been a moment earlier, tipped toward the gravel, waiting, waiting for the ordeal to be over.

I’m sure we’ve all been there.

The thing is, knowing what it is to be picked last helps us to understand what it is to be chosen first.

Somehow, my Brent chose me. Out of all the gals in the world, he chose me.

Mmm, mmmm, mmmm, but that feels good.

And what’s more – the God of the Universe, the ultimate V.I.P. and Royal Personage, chooses me too.

What a delectable, delicious feeling that is.

He chooses me because I’m His favourite! He plans lovely surprises for me. He lavishes me with gifts. He knows me through and through, understands my moods, knows what I need before I ask.

Isn’t that something?

But – here’s the lovely part – you are his favourite too!!

Out of all the people in the world, He chooses you.

And you, and you, and you….

Chosen.

As in, “I choose you…”

Imagine.

How would that change today, tomorrow, next week, next month, the rest of your life – if you really, truly believed that?

When you are a Chosen One, you needn’t worry about finances, or future plans, or that knotty problem at work. Chosen Ones don’t have to struggle with inferiority complexes. Chosen Ones have no need for worry or fear or misery.

If they could only rest in the knowledge of being chosen…

Choose to embrace being chosen with me??

Father, how amazing and wondrous it is to be chosen by You! Heal our hearts with the joy and power of being invited into a relationship with You! Remind us daily of the truth, of our value to You. Amen.

Published by melodylowes

I am actually a bit of a mess. But in the mess, I’m finding security in knowing I am chosen, I am forgiven, and I matter. After uncovering a history of abuse in my past, I have done a lot of healing - and writing is one way I can invite you deeper into your own healing journey! I write devotionals about the complicated thing called life at growing-in-grace.ca, and my poetry is stashed at melodylowes.com. Pull up a chair and a coffee or tea and let's grow together!

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