BEFORE AND EVER AFTER
I love this verse because it makes me feel like there was a plan way before I was born. I don't know about you, but I'm always scared that there was never a plan and it's up to me to not screw this whole "life" thing up.
He has not chosen you blindly but intentionally, even while knowing you inwardly and intimately. And let me tell you why this is one of the best news in the history of the universe: If this God has chosen you while totally knowing even the worst parts of you, then you no longer have to live up to anything. Instead, you are now empowered to live out of an awareness of divine acceptance.
This is the antedate to insecurity.
Did you ever feel like life is a big contest? Not just about who gets more money, but one where the winner succeeds in every area of his or her life. It's kind of like in the back of your senior year book where they have the winners of high school.
Who was the most popular?
Who was the funniest?
Who is most likely to succeed?
And on, and on. Then you get to the end and you are nowhere on the list. You didn't win anything. What if you never win anything? Does it mean your life was just one big failure?
What if you never get married?
What if you never have children?
What if you get married and then they want a divorce?
What if you raise children and then they don't speak to you?
I want to know there was a plan long before I was born that there is no way I can screw up.
I want to know there is no mistake too big that I can't come back from.
Or, how about, there are no mistakes and I can't ever screw it up.
I want to be chosen. I want to be special.
Well, that verse in Jeremiah says it all.
I AM chosen.
I AM special.