As a young girl I would often beg to go anywhere and everywhere my dad was. I remember this one time when my mom gave in and let me go to work with my dad, I sat in his office most of the day drawing pictures for his co-workers and sneaking them into their offices when they would step out. As I was setting a picture in one of his co-workers offices they walked in to find me on my tip toes trying to place the picture on the desk. I was terrified that I would get in trouble for being in his office without permission, but instead of getting upset at me he gentle took the picture from my hand and exclaimed with the biggest smile on his face that it was the most amazing picture he had ever seen. In that moment I felt like I was the best artist to ever live (haha the thoughts of a seven year old). My dad walked in at that moment and pulled me into his arms with a smile as we listened to his co-worker talk about how "beautiful" the picture was.
Thinking back to that memory got me thinking about what God must feel when we walk in the calling He has placed on our lives. I imagine He is like a proud father overjoyed to see their child doing the very thing that they where made to do. The apostle Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." I believe that when we choose to walk in the calling God has placed on our lives it brings Him great joy. I also think that it is vital that we remember that long before we where even born God had already placed a calling and destiny on all of our lives.
Scripture tells us that in Christ we have been made a new creation, that means that no matter what we have done in our lives, when we become Christians we are made new. The old is gone and the new has come. Which brings me back to the main point I wanted to make through this post and that is, memories are so special and important. Our memories are a part of us and they often remind us of the good and the bad things we have had to walk through over the years. I think they also help to make us into the people we are. Hold on to those memories, but don't hold so tight you forget to look ahead to the wonders the future holds.
As always remember you have a God-given uniqueness!
Shalom ~ Alianna