Reflections

Five Minute Friday: Beloved

Five Minute Friday

I’m linking up again today with 5-Minute Friday, hosted by the fabulous Lisa-Jo Baker.  It’s a challenge to write for 5 minutes and 5 minutes only, solely for the sake of writing.  Not for perfection.  Not for impact.  Not for anything but the love of writing.  Today’s prompt?  BELOVED.

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A really good friend of mine had a tattoo on her wrist: agapetos, or “beloved” in Greek.  It was in Greek script, even, and I loved it.  I loved that she would have a constant reminder of her identity…her status in this world.

Beloved.

And there is a song out right now, proclaiming to young girls everywhere that they are beautiful…precious….beloved.  When I hear it, I always wonder what difference that would have made if I had heard that message – and listened – when I was younger.  How would the trajectory of my life  have been different had I simply known and believed that I was the beloved….not just of my mom and dad…but of the Most High God?  How would things have looked different for me?  What could have been?

But then I have to remember that in His love for me, God does not have regrets.  He only has plans.  He does not look at my past and think about what could have been, but looks at me today and sees what could be.  He does not shake His head in disappointed wonder, mystified that it somehow took me this long to understand who I am.  He only grins and pulses with joy that His child has finally come home to rest in the truth she never knew.

I am beloved.  No conditions and no regrets.  Beloved.

Agapetos.

“For I know the plans I have for you – plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

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  1. There is nothing about our past that God cannot and will not use in the present…thanking Him for where our journey has led for us both, as we take what we’ve learned to help others where they are at. Our young ladies need us! Stopping in from FmF….blessings!!! Danielle

  2. I totally agree with you. I have often wondered what the path of my life might have been like if I had just opened my heart sooner to the truth of Christ, especially when it was staring me in the face. However, God’s plan is better than mine so I have to trust that. Thank you also for the reminder that God has no regrets or conditions about me… sometimes I let the world blind me to that truth.

  3. Ah, I was so late in discovering, too. Yet, though we’ve lost the time of the past, and carry the wounds of our ignorance, we now have not only today, but all eternity to rest in it, bask in it. What blessing!

    • So true! And had my five minutes not been up, I would have mentioned my daughter: how what I want most for her is to simply know and rest in the truth of how beloved she is. Thanks for stopping by today!

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