Have you ever tried to clean up a glitter mess? It's tiny and sparkly and seems to travel on its own. I was scrubbing at a mixture of glitter and glue on a craft table the morning after leading a Kid's Club in the back room of our small church.. The more I scraped at the twinkling mess, the more it spread.
Two of our ministry school students came into the room and asked what I was doing. Karen and Diane were part of the founding class of our new ministry school that met in the same rooms 4 mornings a week. I told them about the lesson I had taught the night before to a handful of squirmy little girls, about how much God loved them.
I'd bought some oval shaped mat-board frames with a velvety covering on them and asked the kids to decorate the edges with glitter, sequins and bits of yarn to make it look like a fancy mirror. In the center of the "mirror" I had them write,
"How beautiful you are, My Beloved.
The words were from the Bible passage in Song of Solomon 4. Karen immediately said, "Oh, could WE do glitter stuff? That sounds fun!" I shook my head in the negative and said that I doubted it. (Note to Karen: I just looked this up in my journal and you will enjoy this...I wrote "Karen often suggests unusual ideas." Haha! Little did we know how UNUSUAL things would get huh?)
I said nothing about it to Hubs and we began school with a sweet worship time, him on the guitar and Tammy on the piano in our little cinder block church sanctuary.
During the break before the teaching time, he came to me and said, "What could we do to play? It seems like we need to have some fun today."
I said, "GLITTER!"
He said, "Go for it!"
So the tables came back out. Glitter, glue and yarn were once again distributed, along with plain frames that were soon transformed into gorgeous "mirrors" declaring the perfect love of God for each one of us!
Another student removed my praise tape and replaced it with a Veggie Tales music tape and a room full of college age grown-ups had a blast being silly, creative and the Beloved of God.
Last night I dreamed about that impromptu day of the ministry school. It seems that we need to be constantly reminding ourselves and one another that we are The Beloved. The simple truth of being loved by God may be simple; but it is not small or insignificant in the eyes of The Father.
It changes everything.
Especially when we realize that we are all the Beloved of God. ALL. God loved us BEFORE we knew or loved Him. So....He loves those who do not know Him now or love Him now.
We are all, the Beloved of God.
"How beautiful you are, My Beloved."
God looks and sees beauty. Where we see sin, He sees beauty. Where we see ugliness, He sees beauty. Where we look away, He never flickers with hesitation or disgust. Those are OUR reactions, not His. Because He loves.
You are beautiful.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
He is the Beholder.
So grab some glitter, my friend. You are worth being sparkly.
You are beautiful and beloved.
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