Years ago I went to the park with my little girls armed with plenty of snacks, lunch, and drinks. Wet wipes for dirty, chubby fingers and anything that they would need in the span of a few hours. A little girl all by herself made her way to our picnic table, beautiful and dirty with tattered clothes and an empty belly.
Instead of sitting next to my girls, she placed her little body right next to mine. Her blue eyes pierced through me as she said, “Do you have something for me?”
In a place scattered with Moms, she came to me asking one thing and hoping that I would have it.
“Do you have something for me?”
I fed her and gave her extra. I loved her for what seemed like minutes as I scanned the park wondering if anyone was missing her.
“Whom does she belong to?” Echoed in my over-protective mothers heart.
I watched her eat and enjoyed her closeness until a teenage dad placed her on the back of his bike and rode off with her. I watched her with an ache in my heart and an answer.
“She belongs to me.” God whispered.
I haven’t thought about her in years, blonde ringlets and adorable, dirty face, eyes that sparkled with questions, her need for closeness, her need for something to sustain.
Yet I feel the world asking, looking to us with empty eyes and hearts…do you have something for me? And I weep as I think how the enemy uses our self-centeredness as his most useful tool when we have the answer. When the world looks to us with starving hearts and questions wondering if they are loved and if they belong will we be too busy, to self-absorbed to answer?
Beautiful, Stained Soul,
Just in case you have showed up here wondering…you belong to God. He has something for you, something that will sustain your troubled heart. He wrapped Himself up in death to purchase your pardon. It’s a gift, but you have to receive it and open your heart to Him and invite Jesus in.
Beautiful, Distracted Heart,
It’s not about you, but you have forgotten that. It’s not about us. We are unsatisfied and unfulfilled because our eyes point to ourselves. God help us to wake up and take our eyes off ourselves long enough to answer…Yes, we have something for you! Yes, you belong.
In a world filled with distractions, we must believe that we are never a distraction to our Maker. But, He longs to use us in ways we’ve never dreamed possible. God longs to turn a light on in our hearts and shift our focus off of ourselves towards Him. Then His love causes our focus outward to those with stained hearts who need to know the truth.
The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matt 25:40)Leave a Comment