Mr. Johnson would name two team captains. I was never a team captain in elementary school which left me standing with my classmates waiting to be picked. No matter how many times it happened and no matter how much I KNEW that I would never be chosen in the first half of the pickings, the sinking feeling in my stomach never lessened.
My heart would will my name to be called. Not because I cared a hoot about the game we’d be playing (which might have something to do with my lack of pickability), but because I did not want to be last. I was almost never last. A big THANK YOU GOD from my heart as I raced to my team leaving the lepers behind me; but I was not far above them. Third from the bottom, maybe fourth?
My memory involves gym. But that may have been your happy place. Maybe where you dreaded being picked was to read in public or do a math problem on the board or visit old people in a nursing home. Whether the desire was to be picked (or not in the case of visiting a nursing home), it accompanied a sinking feeling.
Eden Lost is scattered with those who are unwanted, overlooked, ignored, or invisible.
In planning this series I made a note card for each day and wrote the character of Eden on the front of the card in BIG LETTERS and its opposite, Eden Lost on the back in smaller letters. For this day, I didn’t quite know what to call it, so I wrote:
You are wanted in Eden. You are desired to be on the team. You will not be seen as a detriment and assigned to right field with the hope of the ball NEVER being hit to you because you stink at gauging depth perception and velocity of the ball, catching, and throwing. Not that I know anything about being assigned to right field. You are picked in Eden by the Coach who knows all your flaws and WANTS YOU ANYWAY. You are seen, for who you are and will be and the whole team is excited you are there.
As our final reminder from Eden, I want you to know that you are uniquely made and seen and picked. You are not a mistake or undesirable. God smiles when he sees you and is calling your name right now. You are wanted.
Next week we will pause and look back over these 31 reminders; thank you so much for sharing this journey with us. The complete list of all 31 reminders can be found here. Amy.
David Rupert says
This is very poignant and true. We don’t have to be tall or fast or athletic to be on God’s team.
Tammy Ogden says
I love this. I have a friend who believes in predestination. We have had many discussions. I find her theology horrendous and yet it at times poisons we faith and hope for lost family and friends. It is good to be reminded of the truth. God does pick us! All of us! There is not group that has been rejected. Salvation is for all who call upon his name! Pick me Lord! Pick me!
Amy, I was ALWAYS the last one who was chosen for any sport, all the way into high school. So to know that God chose me – not before you, but the same time as he chose you – has always spoken powerfully to me.
Mark Allman says
I think this is one of our deepest desires and that is to be wanted. I know it is for me. Wanted as a friend; wanted as a spouse; wanted as someone who can help; wanted as someone who encourages; wanted as someone who listens, wanted because I have value; wanted because I make a difference.