“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight in love. He predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will– to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins…” Ephesians 1:3-8a (NIV)
I don’t know if you’ve ever felt wanted before or have ever wanted to have felt wanted. Maybe by a lover, a friend, brother, mother, company, team… something. To know that you were special, longed for, loved. Desired. I know I’ve wanted those things in just about all of those capacities and circumstances.
My parents love me, they do. Even if they fail to show it or maybe don’t know how, I’m sure yours do too. Even if they do they love you maybe its because you’re theirs, but they didn’t choose you. They just kind of ended up with us, right?
It’s not like one day my parents flipped through a baby catalog and were like “Wow, I’d really like to bring Teresa into the world. I’d really like to give her life. I’d like to put her in my womb.”
My parents didn’t even plan on having me. My mom once confided in me that she was planning on leaving my dad until she found out she was pregnant with me and then the pregnancy was really difficult too. They thought I miscarried 3 or 4 times and my dad swore I would be the last. They love me and were excited to have me, but they didn’t choose me.
God did though. Psalm 139 says God knit us together in our mother’s womb. God caused all of my DNA to line up to form me and he breathed his spirit in me to give me life, my soul, my spirit, my personality. In the deepest places he formed me, hemming me over and behind to make me and you. God said “I’d really like to bring Teresa into the world so I’m going to put her in this womb at this time, in this place.” God chose and wanted me and you to exist in this time. (Acts 17)
Not only did he choose to bring this individual to life in this world, he also chose to reveal His spirit and truth of Jesus’s death on the cross for my sins so that I would have eternal life. God not only wanted to create me, but He wants to spend all of eternity with me as well. As Ephesians says He chose us before the creation of the world and predestined us, those who believe in Jesus Messiah to be adopted as his children because it was God’s desire and pleasure to do so.
So you are wanted. And if you don’t know Jesus yet as your personal savior and friend, Jesus says that if you ask you will receive- and an eternal relationship with the one who created you and wants you at that! (Matthew 7:7-8)
Carry on in faith and love and knowing you are wanted.