There was no spark! Her eyes were empty. This beautiful, long-haired, white cat was only two years old, but she laid in her pet shop cage having no energy at all to play. We could see that she’d recently had kittens, her pink swollen belly still visible. The humane society had rescued her from the street and named her “Miss Kitty”. The paper on her cage said that they had found homes for all of her kittens, but not for her. She looked at me as though to say, “I’m just barely existing.”
Unchosen. Unseen. Untreasured.
We all want to be chosen. On the playground at school, a child wants to be the first one chosen for a team, or at least not the last. At work, an employee hopes to finally get that promotion and be recognized for all of her hard work. On T.V., the performer hopes to sing his way into the judges’ hearts, being chosen as the “best” of the group.
Just as intensely, we all want to be seen. A mom works hard for her family, doing endless laundry, changing countless diapers, and she hopes her husband will see her efforts. A father drives home from another long and stressful day at work, hoping that his wife will comment on all he does for the family. A little girl twirls on the dance floor, hoping that her teacher will call out her special skills. A boy brings home his report card to his parents, hoping that they will notice his A in math.
We wait with baited breath: Am I chosen? Am I seen?
Despite our best efforts, we can find ourselves standing alone. Like Miss Kitty, we start to feel empty inside. No one has “poured into” us in so long that we lose our spark.
Or maybe we have been chosen, and it just never seems to be enough. We never feel “full” on the inside. We continually strive to reach a seemingly unattainable level of worth.
And, treasured? What if we stopped to remember one important fact: God designed us to be complete through a relationship with Him. Whether or not we are chosen and seen by the people around us, HE chooses us. HE sees us. We are HIS treasure. Deuteronomy 7:6 says, “The Lord your God has set you apart for himself. He has chosen you to be his special treasure.”
Still not convinced that God sees you? Think back to all of the unchosen and unseen people that Jesus came in contact with throughout the New Testament: Zacchaeus, the blind man that he healed on the Sabbath, the simple fishermen that later became his disciples, and the woman at the well. Jesus saw and cared for all of these people. They were the highlights of his story.
He sees you too. He sees every tear that you cry. Psalm 56:8: “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.”
He knows how many hairs are on your head. Luke 12:7: “And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.”
And best of all, he wants to “pour into” your heart so that it’s overflowing. Remember what he said to the woman at the well? She was drawing water to quench her thirst, and Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life,” John 4:13-14.
When people praise me, it quenches my thirst for approval for a while… but soon after, I am craving it again. The unconditional love and favor that God gives me is an endless drink of water for my soul.
Also, I need to TAKE the water he’s offering. I need to open myself up (like an empty jug) so that He can pour into me.
The Enemy wants us to lose our spark, but our Father loves us TOO much to let us sit in that cage all alone. Don’t just barely exist. Get your spark back.