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Why Me?

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“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.” John 6:44

If you have seen my social media posts (Facebook and others), you may have seen my daily devotionals. On my morning walks, I take pictures and post the best one of the day with a Bible verse. The picture above is one I took this morning. There may be up to fifty pictures a day on my camera roll. A dear friend asked me, “How do you chose? How can you chose from so many?”

My reasoning is I select the picture that has the best potential of showing God’s wonderful work. A picture that provides an example of how much He loves us and blesses us. I sort through and eliminate some right away. Pictures which are mostly my fingers across the lens, the blurred ones from an unsteady hand, or the ones focused incorrectly. I want the pictures to be the best examples of God’s creation.

After further thinking about her question, I also wondered why God chose me? How does He decide? How are we selected to be in His kingdom? I realize He likely would not discard a person with a huge tainted image, like I discard imperfect pictures. I have certainly had my share of mistakes and He took me in. Instead of eliminating people who made errors, He would likely provide ways to help resolve the “mess-up.” He would not discard the person who might have a blurry faith or ugly past. He would help bring the person’s faith into focus.

Now, fixing mess-ups may not be easy or fast. God allows us to walk through deep valleys or requires us to climb rough steep mountains. We suffer at times. We experience tragedies, trials, and catastrophes. We experience illness, deaths, declining health, and debilitating conditions. He even allows us to make bad choices that might take us down wrong paths. He allows us to be angry at Him. He allows us to cry. But He never leaves us. He is there waiting. He never gives up on us even when we give up on Him.

All we need to do is have faith. We do not need to know the answers. We know He knows all. In our anxiety, worry, and frustration, He only asks us to trust.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

He has selected us. He has chosen us. Nothing can separate us from Him. No smudges, no bad choices, no wrong pathways.

“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

We return to Him. We acknowledge our mistakes, we ask His forgiveness. He has been waiting for us. He has saved us by grace.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

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