I was up on the deck as Micah was playing in the back yard. He was running from one place to another- all the time laughing and having a good time. He has his friends, we call them, in the back lawn that live under some rocks. We are not sure what they are, but they look kind of like beavers. There is a family of them that live back there- under the rocks. Micah likes to go over to the rock and look in to see if he can see any of them. There may be a bird at that moment that lands in the yard, which catches his attention..."Daddy, look!" I really enjoyed watching Micah playing in the back yard. As I looked down at him from the deck, I had such a pride in my heart. He has been through some pretty hard things and had some real hurt...for being as young as he is. He has kept his head up the whole time and been such an awesome boy...what a heart he has. The love I have for Micah is undescribable...you kind of just have to be in my head to understand it fully. Really, the love any parent has for their child is an undescribable love you just have to experience for yourself. As I was standing on my back deck watching Micah, there was something going on at the same time...I was oblivious to it at first, but saw it in the end when it was shown to me. You see...I was watching Micah, but I was also being watched by my Daddy. Micah has his days...the ones that make you think, "who is that boy?" When I think about Micah, I don't think about those days though...I think about who he truly is on the inside- the one we see most of the time. I realized while on that back deck that my Daddy see's me the same way I see Micah. Sometimes, I start thinking about all the times I have done stupid things, or said stupid things that don't bring Glory to my Daddy and I get hard on myself about the life I live. It isn't who I am though...I was made for a different purpose. When I look at Micah, I see some amazing things that he probably doesn't see. When my Daddy looks at me, he see's the person he created...a person who was created for a specific purpose...a person who has a very important name! As I watched Micah in pride, my Daddy told me He was proud of me too. "Stop being so hard on yourself and realize who you are...my child!"
"Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God." John 1:12-13
I think of the Harry Potter movies. Harry's parents were some pretty incredible people and because he is their son, he ends up finding out that he has all this amazing power...even above the other children who are at this school he is going to. We are born of some pretty incredible power...the power of God Himself. God..may You help us to realize what it means to be born into your family. Help us to realize what kind of name we have!