Some words are worth painting on pieces of wood.
Earlier this year at a craft shop, I decided to paint a blank wooden plaque. In my mind’s eye, I could see the finished product: dark brown wood, bright flowers, inspirational words.
The final product looked nothing like what my mind’s eye had planned on. The color I chose for the wood doesn’t cover up the random blue spot on the edge of the board; the flowers look like Lucky Charms marshmallows (I’m not kidding); and the words, which I wrote with a black paint pen over my dark brown background, only show up in certain lighting.
Sitting at my desk, however, I can see the words. And honestly they’re the best part of this piece of stained, painted, Lucky Charmed piece of wood. The words are from the third verse of Jeremiah 31: I have loved you with an everlasting love.
I need that reminder every day.
What does it mean to be loved with an everlasting love?
Everlasting love is a love that will never end. It doesn’t grow bored, or frustrated, or angry with its object. It doesn’t give up at the end of the day, or at the end of the year, or even at the end of a lifetime.
Everlasting love can be everlasting because it originates in an everlasting God. And God took that love, his own everlasting love, and set it on me. And he set it on you.
That’s worth painting on a board (despite my lack of artistic skill). That’s worth remembering and thanking God for every day.
So how are you reminded of God’s everlasting love? What is God doing in your life right now to point you to himself? I would love to hear about it!