Dear friend, I feel the need to tell you that all the ways you feel inadequate are opportunities for God’s grace. You are allowed to approach them with curiosity, confidence, and humility. You are allowed to mourn them, to study them, and to extract the precious from the worthless (Jeremiah 15:9).
Whatever you feel scars you or makes you less than, know that God is not surprised. He knows how far we’ve fallen from Him. He knows we have so frequently chosen everything but Him. No matter how much you find out about yourself over the course of your life, know that God knew it all from the beginning and still died for you, so that you could live with Him. If that isn’t God’s heart, then I don’t know what is.
Please know that you are incredibly wanted. God desired you before He knew you. He wanted you and all your peculiarities. He cherished each breath of yours before it happened.
Dear friend, I can’t tell you how much I want to convince you of this. I long for you to know how loved you are. I long for you to see yourself how God sees you. Or at least how I see you.
I see you covered in grace. I see you in the Father’s love. I see you as full and complete. I don’t deny your flaws, but I see them as opportunities for God to work. Isn’t God working! He will be done one day. I promise.
Dear friend, do not lose hope. God’s heart for you is bigger than you know.
Dear God, how I lift up my friend to You now. Whoever is reading this, may they see Your love and affection for them overflow. Open their eyes to identify truths beyond their circumstances and conditions. Let them see You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
“The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.'”Jeremiah 31:3