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But my dove, my perfect one, is unique:

Song of Songs 6:9 NASB

That’s right – You’re Unique – just like everyone else.

No really though – the bride, this one who is pursuing the Lord is set apart and without compare in the courts of the Lord.

I know it’s been said a brazilian times, but there is only one you, and you just have not gotten it yet.

You know how I know?

You are still trying to be like someone else.

You still look at other folks gifts and try to figure out ways to mimic them.

You’re still not satisfied with the way God made you.

But God has made you with a temperament that is unique.

He has given you gifts that are unique, especially when attached to your temperament.

He has placed you in a story that is unique. No one has your background and upbringing, not even your siblings. Each one of you (yes – I mean us) was born into a different family, and some into no family at all.

Then when you came to faith, He set you in His body, but not alone, with a group of other believers, a unique group, with their own mix of temperaments, gifts, talents, callings – giving you a solid hold on the title of ‘YOU.’ You’re the only one.

Then we have the aspect of God’s amazing plan.

Check this out:

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. - Ephesians 2:10 NASB

(I’ve heard that word ‘workmanship’ rendered God's ‘masterpiece’ – nice!)

When did Father plan these works for you?

David saw it this way:

I will give thanks to You,
for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;

Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.

When I awake, I am still with You.

Psalms 139:14-18 NASB

I have an assignment for you today.

Be YOU.

Let me know how it goes.

nora and papa at the table, benBen

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Sunday afternoon musing

While listening to a podcast yesterday at Fire on your head

David Edwards the co-host said something about God always sending thoughts and ideas our way, and it got me thinking about one of the most precious passages in the Bible, Psalm 139:

Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Thy book they were all written, The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them.

How precious also are Thy thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with Thee. ~ Psalm 139:16-18

I got thinking that rather than things about us occurring to God as we run into circumstances, what if God in His vast foreknowledge has, before He knit us, before He molded us in our mother’s wombs, thought His thoughts and wrote His book. What if those thoughts are available to us by plugging into the Spirit any time we need them.

Any time we need direction, God’s thought toward us don’t just happen, but are already being broadcast, or sitting ready to be tapped.

Think of it like this. One of my favorite Bible Commentators is Matthew Henry. He wrote in the early 18th century. I sit pondering a passage of scripture, and then go digging in his commentary for some further light.

As I read his work, the light turns on and I get a totally new revelation (to me) about the Bible. It happens to be something Matthew Henry wrote in 1709, but I just tuned in 300 years after the fact.

It was there for the taking. My dad had a set of these commentaries that he bought before I was born, so any day in my life I could have gotten this “new” idea from the good old MHC.

So it is with God’s knowledge of us and what we will be needing.

The One Who formed us, Who knows our end from our beginning, Who knows every possible consequence of every possible choice we could make, has thought about these things and written them in His book about us.

And He has not locked that book away so we can not get to it. It is available to be checked out of His library any time.

We simply need to plug in.

I am convinced this is how Jesus lived. Daily communing with the Father, senses tuned to hear His voice and His council as He walked the paths of Galilee.

God is not perplexed by your circumstances. He knows you and would be glad to share some great ideas with you.

So turn down the noise in your life that drowns out His voice, grab that volume from His library shelf, and settle in for a good read.

Ben NelsonThanks for stopping by.

See you again soon.

Ben

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I am fearfully and wonderfully made
He Knit me in mother's womb
His thoughts toward me are innumerable
More than the sea's plenteous sand

I am in fact God's Favorite!

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