“They will be mine,” says the Lord Almighty, “in the day when I make up my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as in compassion a man spares his son who serves him.” ~ Malachi 3:17
Lately, my son has asked me to read, over and over again, the Max Lucado book, “You Are Special.” He will pull me into his room, demanding I read the, “’Peshal One! ‘Peshal One!” And we sit and read the story of the Wemmicks and Punchinello.
If you haven’t read this particular children’s book, you really should. It never fails to get to me – even after reading it many times in a row! In brief, Punchinello is a little wooden man, who lives in a land full of wooden Wemmicks, all carved by a wood carver named Eli. The Wemmicks go around putting star stickers and black dot stickers on one another, as an outward symbol of judgement. Punchinello is clumsy and silly, and has only dot stickers, no stars. But through another Wemmick (with no stickers at all!) named Lucia, he discovers the secret to not caring what other people think is to spend time with Eli, the one who made him.
I think sometimes we forget that God loves us. He created us and He loves us. Yes, we’ve sinned. Yes, we’ve fallen far short of the mark set for us. But God loves us so much that He bridged that gap by allowing His own Son to be put to death. To me, that says He thinks we’re very special, regardless of what other people think of us. And I think we could all stand to hear that more often.