Diamond Fireflies

 It’s about the time of year when the fireflies come out.  Sitting out in the backyard at twilight, seeing the twinkles in the air  around me, the sight brought wonder to my young heart. We called them lightening bugs. And we pulled their little light off and placed it on our ring fingers, like a brilliant diamond.

 Every little girl loves jewelry. We invented our own play jewelry. We licked tiny rose petals and stuck them to our ears for earrings and to our fingernails for nail polish. We put thin washers or cigar wrappers on our fingers for rings and made hair ornaments from chains of  clover flowers.

 Every woman loves jewelry. She looks forward to the day when her love presents her with an engagement ring, a symbol of his love for her. She treasures every gift of love she receives throughout her life, usually either passing on to her daughters her precious jewelry wardrobe or wearing them to her grave.

 God must love jewelry too. In Haggai 2:23, He says, “I will make you my signet (ring)” and in Malachi 3:17, He says, “they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels.”

 All the diamonds in the whole world could never have bought the salvation of even one person. All the pearls, rubies, or sapphires God ever created could not ransom you. He valued you enough to pay a great price for you–the precious and only Son of God–as a ransom for your salvation.

 God sent the Crown Jewel of Heaven, Jesus Christ, to purchase you for Himself, so you could become His signet ring, the jewel on His finger.

 

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God’s Favorites

My little sister was spoiled. She was Mama’s favorite. She was sickly when she was a baby and Mama always catered to her and let her do whatever she wanted.

My little brother was Mama’s favorite too. Mama lost a little boy before I was born so when my little brother came along she absolutely spoiled him rotten.

My older sister was also Mama’s favorite. She was 6 years older than I was, and she got to go places with her friends, but I couldn’t ever go with them. She always got to do way more things than I did.

My sisters and my brother always claimed that I was Mama’s favorite but I didn’t think so. Since I was older than the two littler ones, I was responsible for them and got in trouble if they did something wrong, since I was supposed to be looking out for them. Mama always expected more out of me than she did out of them, ‘cause I was older.

Daddy said we were all spoiled. I don’t know why he thought that. Sometimes when it was time for him to come home from work, Mama would give us The Speech, about how she would have to spank us if we didn’t obey her when Daddy was around. She never let us get away with anything when he was there, so I don’t know why he thought we were spoiled.

Everyone always says that God has no favorites, that He is impartial. It’s true He shows no partiality, “But glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God.” Romans 2:10-11.

But God does have favorites. David, the shepherd-King, was the man after God’s own heart.  Abraham was called the apple of God’s eye.

Psalms 5:12, Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

Everyone always says that God has no favorites. It’s true He shows no partiality, and partiality has been interpreted as favoritism, but God does show favor to those who are in right-standing with Him. That could be called Favor-ite-ism. We are all God’s favorites just like we kids were all Mama’s favorites too.

 

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