It’s a marvelous word filled with love, acceptance and belonging.
From the time I was a very little girl
I have hungered to belong.
For when I was chosen and knew I belonged
I felt safe.
Visions of standing at the door of each new classroom come to mind.
Wanting so much to be accepted.
It was easy to know my desk and learn the rules of the new classroom
but belonging came slowly
if at all.
There was the nicest teacher in my first grade class in Ashokan, New York.
She was young and pretty
But that’s not why I liked her.
No, it was her caring heart. She somehow knew how hard it was to be the new one.
Anyway very Friday she would bring a freshly baked cake to our class.
Whoever had been the best behaved that week
got the cake.
Yes, I was the new kid
and I tried very hard to be well-behaved,
to follow all the rules
to read each word in my primer correctly.
I’ll never forget that Friday
watching her as she stood in front of the class
holding the cake covered with thick frosting.
and smiling at us.
She’ll never choose me, I thought, although I had tried so hard.
And then I heard her slowly say
“Now the cake this Friday goes to………”
Could it possibly be?
Could it really be my name I heard?
Boys and girls on each side of my desk were clapping and laughing
as the teacher walked towards me with the cake. The rest is lost in the wonder of the moment.
Shining moments all over the place.
I will never forget the thrill of being chosen.
Oh, I know that many others were probably just as well-behaved or better
but my teacher knew I needed to know that I belonged.
That changed everything for me that year.
No longer was I the shy, quiet girl hanging on the fringe.
Instead I had a place, a purpose and a peace of mind.
You are chosen
by the One and Only One Who knows all about you and loves you still.
Chosen. He already celebrates your life and wants you to know it.
Cakes galore for you.
Matter of fact
He loves you so much
He took the punishment for your sin upon Himself.
Oh can it possibly be?
Yes, He’s chosen you.
My teacher chose me and showed it in a way that I got it.
God chose you and continues to show it in countless ways.
“You have not chosen Me; but I have chosen you….(John 15:16)
He longs for you to grasp His Love for you
because once you begin to
it changes everything.
You realize that you are accepted and safe
and that it’s not about you
It’s all about the grace of God.
Well, I’m forever celebrating His grace in my life.
How about you?
You are chosen!
Have you heard? Do you know?