“…I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1b
I had just finished yelling at my two boys about not having said grace before starting to eat their dinners, when Daddy came home from work. Since he did hear some of the rigmarole (one of my Mother in Law’s favorite expressions, which I am still not sure what it means, but I’ll use it here anyway, since it sounds like it’d fit…) he asked Dylan if he knew who he was praying to when saying grace, just to make sure…because with Dylan, we never know. To Daddy’s question, Dylan quickly replied, “to God.” As we both nodded and smiled, we heard him add: “Daddy, you know? In the Bible, God is very special.” I heard Dan agreeing with Dylan and telling him that God thinks he was special too because He made him and loves him. To this, Dylan muttered something about Jesus that nobody could understand, and got back to his dinner.
At the kitchen sink, I looked back at my little boy and thought to myself, “you sure are special, alright…” Later, as I was remembering Dylan’s words, I thought of what Beth Moore talked about at the simulcast a couple of weeks ago. She said that “God never overlooks one single ‘me’ in the bigger ‘we’.” The Most High God, The Creator of the heavens and the earth, and of the universe, and of everything else, cares so much about each of His children regardless of his condition, not overlook any single one of them in an ocean of souls. The thought took my breath away. He cares about little Dylan, and Grant, and Dan…and me too. What makes us so special that He knows our names and calls us His own? What makes me so special?
The truth is that I formulated the question backwards. It is not I who is special. It is so clear in the Bible that even a five year old can see it, feel it, understand it and articulate it. It is Him. It is God who is special. He is The Righteous One, and because we are not, He became flesh in the person of Jesus Christ to die for us and thus allow us to be righteous in Him. He took our sin and gave us His righteousness; so we would be special because He is special. And once we belong to Him, He doesn’t overlook us as individuals. He is the God Who Sees, and He does see each and every one of His children.
I pray that as we continue to read His Word, we would truly see how “special” He really is, as well as how special we are in Him.