If you’re joining me today, from the Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study Blog Hop, by all means, welcome! I’m so glad you took a few minutes out of your busy schedule to hop on over and say hello.
Have you heard the saying, a picture is worth a thousand words? Well, look at this picture and tell me what you see? Pause… and look.I took this photograph while our family was visiting Barcelona, Spain over the summer. I don’t know this woman but I haven’t been able to get her out of my mind since the day I clicked the shutter button on my camera.
She was sitting on the steps of a beautiful basillica (church) in the center of town.
Although tourists were bustling all around, she never once looked up. A water bottle rested on her legs, supporting a worn out photograph of a little child. All of her belongings, settled right next to her in an old plastic bag. A small tattered cardboard sign that had Spanish words scribbled all over it. I couldn’t understand the writing but her pitiful appearance was screaming out one silent word.
A crumpled up paper bill worth five euros was laying only two steps away. But, this woman was unaware of its presence because her eyes were positioned downward. She gazed towards the ground as if something had captured her attention, but nothing was there.
A woman broken.
A woman in need.
A woman who had not said “yes” to God.
Without a word spoken, her body tells the story. She has said yes to someone or something which has ultimately brought her to this place of despair.
Her sunken posture says, I am unworthy.
Her callous worn feet says, I am neglected.
Her sun drenched face says, I am forgotten.
But, what does her heart say? Are her hands open and positioned to receive all that God has for her? What is holding her back from having a relationship with the Lord?
My heart aches for this woman. My heart aches for any woman who has not lifted her palms upwards and said “yes!” to God.
I have been this woman. I have felt unworthy, neglected, and forgotten. You wouldn’t have found me on the steps of a bascillica. Instead, I was carefully tucked inside a cozy little neighborhood, hiding behind a mask and draped in a heavy black cloth of depression.
But, by the grace of God, I no longer am there.
Today, as I lift my palms upward and say yes to God, I am reminded of Jesus’ palms, that have my name engraved on them.
See, I have written your name on the palms of My hands. Isaiah 49:16
Sweet friend, if you’ve said yes to God, your name is there too – right next to mine – placed within a cross shaped scar that is sealed forever. Never to be removed or forgotten of by the Father. Oh, He loves you so!!
Will you trust Him with your hopes and dreams? Will you trust Him with your fears and insecurities? Will you position yourself to receive all that He has waiting for you today? Oh, how I pray that you do!