And then I was Chosen

godchoseusWe stood in a circle on the playground, nervously laughing, chatting, and looking over our shoulders. The boys stood, bowed up like a flock of Banty roosters, strutting their masculine sixth grade stuff and talking among themselves. We knew exactly what they were deliberating.

Ben, taller than the rest and with dark-brown hair and sky-blue eyes, the most popular boy in the sixth grade, the one all the girls wanted to “go with,” kept looking at me. I wanted so badly for him to choose me, but I was still fairly new to this school, and my friends’ perms didn’t make their hair frizzy, like mine did. They were allowed to wear makeup; I had to wait another year. They were skinny; I was on the fluffy side. And unlike mine (my dad was the “preacher-man”), their dads had normal jobs.

As the five boys turned around and began walking toward us, we broke open our circle and unfolded into a straight line, as if we were about to play Red Rover.

But we all knew better.

My heart was racing, my hands were sweating, and I was silently praying Ben would choose me. Then everything would be right in my sixth grade world. We made eye contact—a sure sign, I thought—but within an arm’s length, he shifted to his right. And chose the other girl. My heart shattered. Ben didn’t choose me; no one chose me. I was the leftover sixth girl to those five boys.

“Not chosen” became a recurring theme in my life.

Until Jesus.
I love The Voice translation of Ephesians 1:4:

“God chose us to be in a relationship with Him even before He laid out plans for this world; He wanted us to live holy lives characterized by love, free from sin, and blameless before Him.”

Before the foundation of the world, God chose me with my frizzy hair, fluffy body, no makeup, and preacher-man dad. He walked straight to me and called me by name because I was the one He wanted.

Today, know this: before the foundation of the world, God chose YOU too! He wants so badly to be in a relationship with you.

He’s calling YOUR name. Will you answer?

Thank you God for wanting us and choosing us to be in a relationship with You! We love You and praise Your name this day.

Excerpt taken from Jenifer Jernigan’s book, Dive Deeper: Finding Deep Faith Beyond Shallow Religion. (Thomas Nelson, March 2014. Used with permission.)

Jenifer Jernigan

Jenifer Jernigan is a wife and mom of 3 whose deepest longing is to please Jesus, only Jesus. Growing up as the daughter of a pastor, she knew church but she didn’t know Jesus. After years of rebellion and heartache, Jenifer found freedom and healing through God’s Word. Now, as founder of Diving Deeper Ministries, her passion is to equip others to d.i.v.e. (define~investigate~visualize~embrace) head first into God's Word so that they, too, can experience freedom and abundant living. Her first book Dive Deeper: Finding Deep Faith Beyond Shallow Religion is part of Thomas Nelson’s Inscribed Studies collection. Join Jenifer at www.jeniferjernigan.com.

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3 Comments

  1. This resonated so deep within my soul I do do not know whether to weep or rejoice. Maybe, I shall do both.

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    • Michelle, you are chosen! You are loved! And, God has amazing things planned for you life! Tears of joy are allowed. 😉

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  2. Thank you Jenifer for the inspiration and encouragement! I need a little boost each day. I am so greatful to have Jesus by my side every minute of every day for wisdom and strength to get through the day. Thanks again!

    Ruth E. 🌷

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