Monday, February 9, 2015

Day #9 : Petal Plucker { HeArT to hEaRt }

Day # 9 : Petal Plucker

No doubt you have been a petal plucker. You and I have likely been the repetitive participants in the game from childhood, that required the plucking of petals from a daisy. We can probably all agree that as little gals, we noticed any blooming daisy we passed in a field, and it compelled us to the test.

Pluck one by one, each petal while pronouncing with wonder,  "loves me" and "loves me not". The last petal was the determining factor.  Sometimes the detrimental factor. I do believe there was trauma involved after plucking the final petal that declared...  " loves me NoT"

There could be successful support groups for healing those traumatic childhood wounds. I'm exaggerating of course!  But Oh, the anticipation! And oh, the disappointment those petals could produce.

Could it be that we have somewhat carried a version of this concept into our adulthood?  Have we transferred a childhood game into our interpretation of our Heavenly Father's love to us?

On the days of success and esteem, do we declare with joy and affirmation... "He loves me"! We pluck the Petal that declares His adoration when we feel we have placed high on the chart of good behavior.
What about those days where you are sure you've never gotten anything right and the esteem has flat-lined? That's when you may be sure you've plucked the last petal on the daisy, with the dreaded results of "He loves me not".

You should know something important. This is a lie. The Adversary (satan) loves to deceive. And this one works a doozie!  God's love is not conditioned upon our perfection. Here's my proof.

He says in Psalms 103: 14... He knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.

So to clarify... you can't disappoint the God who already doesn't expect much from you.  He remembers we are human flesh and bone and we cannot get it right. Even when we think we do! He doesn't keep a chart to measure the amount of love you deserve. Because if He loved based on works, nobody would stand a chance at being a recipient.

{Psalms 130:3 If you, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? }

Here's the beauty. Here's the Woo Hoo!
His love is based not on YOUR perfection, but on the perfection of Christ!! Woo Hoo to that! His love is not conditioned upon my ability to get anything right. It is rooted in the One who already got it all right. The Righteous One covers my imperfection, with His perfection.

{ Isaiah 53:5
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. }

That should put an end to the Petal plucking! He came, with the offer of righteousness.The Almighty clothes our wrongs with the Right One.
He gives us justification because of the Just One.

No plucking necessary. You are loved perfectly, aside of your inability to get anything right. You are loved because He sees you, not your mistakes.

So petal pluckers small and great, put the DaiSeS down.

Pluck no more.
"He Loves You".
And that's the last petal :)

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