Cherished

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As we continue to settle into our new house, we’ve been the welcome recipient of many hand-me-downs from my parents.  We were fortunate to move at a time when they are doing a major renovation of their house, leaving lots of beautiful things in need of a loving home.  I can assure you, I was more than happy to oblige and beyond grateful for their generosity!

Yet, I have to say, one of my most favorite pieces of furniture in our house is a faded and worn coffee table that my family has had since I was six.  It’s a simple pine coffee table that my mom claims she paid $20 for at a local gift shop.

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With 24 years of wear, this table has LIVED.  She has crayon marks, drink rings, and so many stains, you’d think it was part of the original design.  She has been used as a fort, a stage, a make-shift diving board into piles of pillows, and a gathering place.

This little table was also the culprit of breaking my sister’s nose when she unfortunately tripped over my book bag that was misplaced on the floor, causing her to tumble into one of the corners.

For years, she has been the resting place, at the end of the day, for weary people in need of sturdy people to rest their feet.

What some people may look at and pass off as junk, I see such beauty and history in this little table.  Her monetary value might not be much, but to me, she is so beautiful.

And isn’t that just like how God sees us?

We may feel worn, bruised, beaten up, old, and tired, but to God, We. Are. So. Beautiful.

Where others might see our flaws and imperfections, He sees a daughter that He created, shaped, and set aside for a purpose.

It’s just one of the ways HIs indescribable love touches us–He takes our past, our brokenness, and our pain and says, “It’s okay.  I see you and I love you.  To me, you are so beautiful.”

Much like when Mark Darcy says to Bridget Jones, a completely imperfect, hot mess, “I like you, very much.  Just as you are.”

 

It doesn’t matter what kind of bumps and bruises our past may bear, we are so loved.  Today, may you rest in the promise that we are God’s cherished and beloved possession.  He sees all of us and, yet, He still chooses to love us!

“All beautiful you are, my darling; there is no flaw in you.”
Song of Solomon 4:7

 “I have loved you, my (daughter), with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.”
Jeremiah 31:3 (NLT) (Insertion added)

 

Epilogue: There are SO many joys about having four siblings–it’s seriously the best!  One downside?  SHARING.  Alas, my beloved table had two wonderful months in our new house, but now she is happily settled in Boston with my sister, Cally.  To be fair, Cally DID break her nose on the table, so I guess she earned it….

 

  • Dara Powers Parker

    Not only did I really need two minutes of Colin Firth at present (and I say that with utmost gravity!), but I was desperate to hear your prompt this day: God thinks I’m lovely. Like Bridget, I many times feel self-conscious and inarticulate. (Alas, I’ve not broken anybody’s nose yet, but l wouldn’t say it’s not possible.) Even so, He likes me the way that I am, and I am so grateful to you for that message today. —Your very awkward lunch partner from last week at the country club in Richmond. P.S. I am still conducting the soundtrack for my relationship with mother, but I do suspect the theme song for this blog post might be “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction.

    • http://elizabethrobertsonwilliams.com/ Elizabeth Robertson Williams

      Hi Dara!! Thank you SO much for visiting my blog and for your sweet comment! I SO enjoyed meeting you in Richmond and am so glad you’re a Colin Firth fan as well!

      LOVE the Soundtrack idea for this post–something about that song just makes me happy!!

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