My friend and I were talking the other day…and talking…and talking. About all sorts of different things. We do that. But one of the things we talked about was what our deepest hearts desired.
There were lots of things that we spoke of – to be appreciated, to be desired, to be understood. But then we decided that the one thing underneath all those feelings was this – we really want to know that someone cherishes us.
Not just loves us – but cherishes us.
The dictionary defines the word cherish this way:
To love and care for somebody; to value something highly; to retain something in mind; to treasure; to value, prize, esteem; to take pleasure in; to attach importance to; to revere.
I'm hoping that all of you have someone who loves you – who really and truly loves you. But even at its best, it's still human love – and at some time or the other, because we're human, the ones who love us will disappoint us, hurt us, make us feel unappreciated, undesirable – they won't understand us.
…there is Someone.
Someone who came to our rescue. Someone who gave His life for us. Someone who intercedes for us every day. Someone who's coming back to get us.
Someone who truly cherishes us.
He values us highly.
"For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)
He thinks about us all the time.
"How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can't even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand!" (Psalm 139:17-18)
He takes pleasure in us.
"...he rescued me because he delights in me." (Psalm 18:19)
He thinks we're very important.
"For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many." (Mark 10:45)
He loves and cares for us, every moment…
"O Lord, you…know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I'm far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and follow me."
…in this life and in the next.
"Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began!" (John 17:24)
He cherishes us…
…is that just the BEST or what???!!!
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