I took our dog for a walk the other day around the pond near our home. It's one of his favorite things to do, most likely because of the dozen or so geese that make their home there. Being true to his nature as a lab and bird dog, he's quite taken with those feathery, flying creatures.
On this particular day, it would probably be more fitting to say that he took me for a walk around the pond, even though he's old and not nearly as fast as me. I wasn't the feeling the best with the pollen and the change of season getting the best of me, but there was more I was struggling with than just the pesky yellow dust. My heart was in a bit of a slump and sadness, discouragement, and disillusionment clouded my day. I'd spent a good bit of the morning bringing my heart before Jesus in prayer, and standing against the lies and the negative emotions coming my way. I was doing well, but I was weary and just in need of a good, strong, comforting hug from my God.
He never ceases to disappoint me.
He always comes through.
As I turned a bend with Glory in the lead, I stepped back quickly and stopped to avoid stepping on a goose egg that lay in the middle of the path. Somehow, the little egg had been taken from its home and its momma and had been left all alone. I leaned over to take a peek at it thinking maybe I could help, but then I realized the shell was cracked and the baby goose inside had died.
I felt such sadness and compassion for the little one, its life cut short before it could even hatch, but right on the heels of those feelings, Jesus reminded me of this scripture...
"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."
~ Matthew 10: 29-31
There was the hug I so needed and craved, and following that warm, wonderful embrace were these words from Jesus...
"Jenny, just as I see this little lost goose, I see you. Even more so. Your days are in my hand and your heart is forever in my care. You are worth more to me than you can possibly imagine. You are precious. Chosen and deeply loved."
I smiled and my heart brightened as his words lifted a weight off my mind and spirit. Of course. Of course, Jesus sees me and calls me worthy and precious and holds my heart forever in his care. I know, that I know, that I know, that that is true. But just like the little egg got taken from its home, the truth of what I know deep in my heart had been taken from me. Forgotten and lost and needing to be recovered.
God is so kind and so unbelievably personal with us. He speaks in the most unique and intimate ways, just as we need to hear and as only he can say. I'm so grateful for his touch on my life, his breath on my face, his words to my heart, and his good, strong, comforting hugs are unlike any other.
He is a good father, and he is good to me.