We do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day
. —2 Corinthians 4:16
Many of us live busy, lonely lives. We can be surrounded by people, even family, and still feel isolated and alone.
How is that possible? It happens because it’s risky to be known. It happens because we imagine that, in a moment of finally stepping out of our cocoon ready to spread our wings and fly, someone will laugh at us—or worse still, simply turn her back and continue with her conversation.
When a child is born and the very first face she focuses her eyes on is the face of her adoring mother, part of the rip of Eden is healed. When that love and acceptance are further strengthened through the years by her father and by family and friends, it will be hard to convince this little one that she is not worth loving. The trouble with the human experience of many of us is that the love we needed and craved as children was withheld, and the tear of separation that began in Eden has gotten bigger.
One of the greatest spiritual gifts of rebirth when we give our lives to Christ is that we have fresh eyes to look into and see how much we are treasured. You have a Father who adores you, who delights in your laugh, who celebrates your gifts, and who catches every tear that falls from your eyes. His love will give you the courage to leave the cocoon behind and fly.
Excerpted from Daily Gifts of Grace. Copyright ©2012 by Thomas Nelson. Published by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.