"For you are a people holy to the your God. The your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession."
It sometimes amazes me how you can feel so alone in the middle of a great big crowd. Have you ever felt that way? You are surrounded by people, voices, even laughter; you are sharing experiences, stories and life with others and yet somehow you feel...lonely.
This reality was a heavy weight on my shoulders throughout my time in Haiti. The kids in the orphanages were surrounded by people, 56, 80, sometimes 89 other kids depending on which orphanage we were at. This number doesn't even include the mommas (what they call the caregivers), the teachers, the pastors or other staff that was there. The kids were surrounded by other people, yet if there was one word I could use to describe these kids it would be... lonely.
They were starved for attention, desperate to be held, yearning to have someone look them in the eye and say, "I see you!" "I know you!" "I love you!" They needed that as much, if not more, than they needed food or the fun we brought. I guess that doesn't make them so very different from us.
We all have this desperate need to be seen, to be known, to be loved. We need to know we are valued, adored, treasured. We need it like we need air to breathe and food to survive. It is a basic human need. And the children of Haiti are human. Just like you. Just like me.
If you are like me, you have had people around you all your life. And I am willing to bet that most of you have had someone in your life speaking these words to you, telling you "I see you." "I know you." "I love you."
But if you are like me, there have also been times in your life when you have been lonely. When you are convinced that you are not seen, not known, and not loved. I am guessing there have been times when you, just like the orphans in Haiti, have wondered if there is anyone out there who values you, adores you, treasures you.
I want to tell you there is.
Your heavenly Father absolutely adores you! He does!!
He sees you.
He knows you.
He loves you!
YOU are His treasured possession.
Don't forget that.