Monday, November 14, 2011

There You Are!

Taken from Max Lucado's book Fearless, pg. 26-27:

"Every year tens of thousands of women attend the Women of Faith conferences.  One reason they do is to hear words of comfort.  After hearing one speaker after another describe God's compassion for each of his children, an attendee sent this email.

In the movie Hook, Peter Pan had grown up, become old and overweight, and looked nothing like the Peter the lost boys knew.  In the midst of the boys shouting that this was NOT Peter, one of the smallest boys took him by the hand and pulled him down to his level.  He then placed his hands on Peter's face and proceded to move the skin around, reshaping his face.  The boy looked into Peter's eyes and said, "There you are, Peter!"  I brought a lot with me to Women of Faith, things that only God could see.  But throughout the weekend I could feel God's hands on my face, pushing away all of the "stuff" I had brought.  And then I could hear him say, "There you are.  There you are!"

Shhh.  Listen.  Do you hear?  God is saying the same words to you.  Finding the beauty the years bury, the sparkle that time tries to take.  Seeing you and loving the you He sees.  There you are.  There you are."

Hagar called God by the name "El Roi", which means "the god who sees me".  Today I am thankful to be seen and loved by El Roi, who can see past the stuff to the woman He created me to be.

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