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As we read about Noah a few days ago in our reading plan, I realized something.
I read several times over about how God chose Noah. It wasn't because of what Noah did, his accomplishments, his job, or his money.....
God chose Noah because of this:
"Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God." Genesis 6:9
After reading this, I thought back to the other books of the Bible we have read. The people that God chose to do amazing things through....
David, Moses, Mary the Mother of Jesus....to name a few.
I remembered back to the way God described them...
He talked about their hearts. Their pure devotion to the Lord. Their faithfulness.
Their choosing was not based on their looks, their intelligence, or their accomplishments. They also were not chosen based on their past. Past mistakes OR past accolades.
All of them were chosen because of their hearts.
Y'all, this gives me so much hope. More than you can imagine.
God looks at our hearts. Nothing else.
The irony of this is how opposite this is of our world.
The world is looking for beauty, high intelligence, financial gain, perfection.....
God is looking for something the eyes of the world cannot see......
A heart that beats for Him.
In fact, I really believe that "nobody's" are His specialty. He seems to pick the ones that everyone else looks right past. Don't you just love that?
A couple of days ago, I was bent down on my kitchen floor cleaning up a spill. As I sat there scrubbing, I thought of my life as a stay at home mom. I thought of how for so many years I felt like I needed to "do something" to make my life more meaningful.
Literally, every New Year that came, I would toss around the idea of going back to school to do something. Something that would give me more of an identity. [and more of an income] I even wrote a post about it this time last year.
However, this New Year, as I was bent over scrubbing that spill, I felt such a peace about my place in life. I felt such an awareness of my role as a wife and mother. [and crack filler]
I realize that nobody will ever really know the details that go into my day, or the millions of menial tasks it takes to keep this house rolling. And it doesn't matter. God knows. God sees.
I pictured Jesus right there beside of me as I was on my kitchen floor. I pictured Him smiling and telling me that what I was doing was important.
Tears rolled down my cheeks as I told Him how much I loved this place. On the floor, cleaning up spills, with Him by my side.
I also repented to Him for always feeling like it wasn't enough....that I wasn't enough.
The little things are the big things.
The big things are made up of all of the million little things.
Once again, He reminded me of what He sees. He sees it all. Every second that ticks by, when I think no one else on the Earth notices, He is right there. Cheering me on. The Creator enjoying His Creation.
God noticed Noah. God noticed Moses. God noticed Mary. Even when nobody else seemed to.
Friend, He notices you. He doesn't just notice you, He delights in You. He watches you as you work. He watches you as you play. He watches you as you sleep.
For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs. Zephaniah 3:17
He sees you.
You are enough for Him just the way you are. More than enough.
Is He enough for you?
[Thank you, Erin Davis.]
cleaning up spills,
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