Remind Me Who I Am
Last night, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" was on TV, and it reminded me of a beautiful conversation I saw unfold on Facebook a while back. One of my friends posted the following on her brother's timeline:
Friend: I think about all the stuff you and (other brother) are doing and I hear this little voice in my head that says..."I got a rock."
Brother: Huh? What do you mean?
Friend: You know, from Charlie Brown when everyone is showing all the good candy they got and Charlie opens his bag and says..."I got a rock."
Do you feel like that sometimes? You look around, and it seems like everybody else is getting all the good candy in life, and you keep getting handed rocks. Substitute "candy" for a million things here — you probably don't have to stretch your imagination to fill in the blank. I'd venture to guess we've all been in Charlie Brown's shoes at one time or another, staring down at a bag full of rocks.
The Facebook conversation continued with comments encouraging my friend, but here's where it took a beautiful turn. Her dad wrote. A very humble, unassuming man, but his words were powerful. He made a few statements about how he viewed his daughter and her accomplishments. Then he said, "Sounds like there's some gold and precious gems in those rocks to me. Love always, Dad."
Tears were running down my cheeks at this point, and I was so thankful that my friend received such a precious reminder of who she truly was from a loving father.
A few years ago, my own dad introduced my sister and me to an acquaintance with, "These are my beautiful daughters..." At the time, I was embarrassed and joked that my dad's vision was declining with his age. Truth is, though, he was blind to the middle-age features my sister and I possessed and saw only beauty. My heart feels such a rush of love thinking about that perspective. It is the same lens through which I view each of my own children.
And it's the same lens our Heavenly Father views us through His Son — even when we forget who we are and miss the gems in our bag of rocks!
1 John 3:1: "Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God!"
Here are a few clips to enjoy today:
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