Growing up, one of my all time favorite places to shop was a bargain department store called Newberry’s. While with my mom, we would venture to their downtown Portland location, which was always a special treat for me. This particular Easter was no exception. Adding to all the excitement was my newly acquired spending money, which was burning a hole in my pocket rivaling the size of Texas.
Upon arrival, knowing that the toy department was downstairs,off I went nearly flying down the stairs excitement taking wings soaring to complete my high spirited mission! Then in a blink of an eye, there I stood. Ever so slowly contemplating all the choices my budget would allow. Would it be a new outfit for my Barbie doll or a playhouse broom? Oh, the possibilities!! Then I saw them… third aisle, the lower right hand corner of the shelf, piled high and overflowing from the wire bins, were amazing stuffed yellow bunnies, fluffy, adorable and cute as a button.
Kneeling down, I gazed upon their faces as if to ask them which one wants to go home with me?. Then it happened…my first encounter with a jaunty Mr. Bunny, and boy he knew how to work it. His sweet demure made me 100% convinced he would make a lovely addition to my already charming collection of stuffed animals. Showing my mom this final decision, she looked at Mr. Bunny, an inquisitive look came across her face while asking, “are you sure you want this one, he has a mark between his ears”? Yes!,” I said with great excitement … I was sure. My decision was a carefully chosen one, Mr. Bunny was the one, and I loved him marks and all.
This can’t help but remind me of the following precious scripture verse in Ephesians 1:4 ” Even as in His Love He chose us actually picked us out for himself as His own in Christ before the foundation of the world , that we should be holy consecrated and set apart for Him and blameless in His sight even above reproach, before Him in Love.”
God chose you !!! He looked down from his heavenly home and says that’s the one I want, it matters not that it has a stain. I’m purchasing it with my blood that was given willingly when I died on the cross . That sin stain person belongs to me !.” John 15:16 states: We have not chosen Christ, but he has chosen you”. What a comforting thought to be selected by a merciful God even with all our flaws. Through His gentleness and condescension He has made us great. There is a part of me that wishes I would have saved Mr. Bunny in the keepsakes of my childhood memorabilia. He would have been a gentle reminder of how God chooses us no matter what. We don’t need to have it all together to be loved by God.
In childhood innocence, I understood that love is not picking the best or the flawless, but purely loving without conditions. Jesus knows this about children, for He says for such is the Kingdom of God.
May we regain our childlike faith, a faith that is filled with wide eyed wonderment, in a God that has handpicked us, and who bought us with price…a price that only He could pay, to be part of His charming Kingdom. Now that is a Deal no one can beat !!!
Heavenly Father , Thank you for your unconditional love and forgiveness that flows freely from your throne room. How can we ever thank you for all you have done for us? Your death on the cross brought us life, your blood flowing from Calvary removed the stain of our sin and guilt. And we were purchased out of the bargain basement of darkness into the kingdom of your glorious light . Thank you for adopting us and placing us in a body of winsome believers where I feel right at home……. Amen .