Monday, February 13, 2012

The One Who Matters

Perhaps it is something placed in the heart of each of us - planted with purpose and love. A tiny seed meant to grow and flourish - to blossom into something beautiful. It is hard to give it a name. How do you name something so insubstantial and at the same time so weighty? What do we call this thing that makes us yearn for the acceptance of others - that causes us to look to them for validation?

Surely it was planted with the best of intentions - with a purpose that goes much deeper than the number of followers on a blog or the final tally of comments on a post. It is a potent shoot whose roots go deep. It demands attention and foils our best attempts to pull it out. It seems it will not be denied.

Suppose its purpose has nothing to do with the opinion of others. Is it possible it is drawing us to One who values us more than we can possibly imagine? What a sad irony to think that the most powerful, loving, wise, gracious, glorious, holy Person in all of creation is simply waiting for us to show up, while we are off somewhere desperately trying to be noticed.

We don't have to do one single thing to earn His approval. He loves us just the way we are. It is so easy to write those words, but it is impossible to measure their value. We have only to whisper His name, and we have His undivided attention. We bring our humble offerings, and He delights in them. This One - whose creation sings with beauty unrivaled by anything man can create. This One - whose power is limitless and whose mercy knows no end.

He is yours; He is mine. It came at great cost - this beloved relationship. Hold tight to it. Let the little plant flourish and draw you to the One who sees your heart and loves you no matter what. He will take care of all the rest

"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

Linking to Laura and Michelle today.


Painting: Henryk Semiradsky,


  1. You always draw me closer to Him, Linda.

  2. It is a beloved love relationship (o:

  3. And that Love is the greatest Valentine of all. Blessings to you and yours, Linda.

  4. So beautiful and thought provoking!

    The picture of the girlies is one of a whole photo shoot - were you able to see the rest? I have to decide which ones to order!! Tough job. I think they're on the post before last, in case you didn't.

  5. I think growing up with a daddy who was critical of people makes me yearn for acceptance and I do find myself searching for that tally of comments on a post. So I just need to remember I am God's and other numbers don't matter.

  6. "He will take care of all the rest." Amen Linda, Amen!!

  7. My sheep, my servant, my friends, my brethren ... he loves to claim us for Himself.

  8. Yes, Linda! This is why we do this crazy thing, is it not? Doesn't it draw you closer to Him? I feel His presence when I write and doing this bit of craziness makes me notice Him all the more. You say this so beautifully. He waits for us. I'm shining my heart up just for Him :).

    Love you.

  9. He will take care of all the rest.

    I see a double meaning in this.