Outside my office, here at the church… a number of spiders have taken up residence— weaving their intricate webs between the screens and the windows. I’m reminded of the children’s story written by E. B. White: Charlotte’s Web. It is the story of a pig named Wilbur and a barnyard spider named Charlotte.
Central to the story is the realization that farmer Homer Zuckerman, has big plans to turn Wilbur into bacon and barbequed ribs… Sigh! But not to worry— Charlotte comes to the rescue. She painstakingly weaves words like “Terrific!” and “Radiant!” in the middle of her spider web, over Wilbur’s pigpen… captivating everyone’s attention (even farmer Zuckerman’s)— while convincing them that Wilbur is indeed “some special pig!”
If you think about it; the storyline found in the Scriptures (our story) isn’t that different! Remember the parable of the prodigal son… who ended up embraced in his father’s arms; but only after wallowing for a while in the pigsty? The psalmist writes: “O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, and are intimately acquainted with all my ways. For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them!” (Psalm 139: 1-3, 13-14, 17 NASB)
“Some Special Child!”— that’s who God says you are! And He has painstakingly proclaimed who we are, using words like: “Forgiven!”… “Redeemed!”… “Radiant!” The Apostle Peter, who understood better than most what Christ had done for him, said this: “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” (1. Peter 2:9-10, NASB) Never forget it: you are some special child!
In His Grace,