and ramblings on everything in between
I heard Jason Gray share at his concert that God doesn’t need us. He doesn’t need our time or our money or our assistance or anything really. He’s capable of doing anything and everything on His own without us. So if He doesn’t need us, that must mean He wants us. Really, truly wants to be near us.
Think about how great it feels to be wanted, and how tiring it can feel to be needed.
A mother recently shared over at Hipmombrarian that it’s hard to always be needed by your children. Exhausting, maddening, and just plain hard. But when you are wanted, that can change everything. It can change your attitude and your relationships. It can make you feel loved and secure.
Think about every love song you’ve ever found yourself singing along to in the car. They’re almost always about being wanted.
– Hunter Hayes, “Wanted”
– U2, “All I Want is You”
– Cheap Trick, “I Want You to Want Me”
– Olivia Newton-John, “You’re the One that I Want”
We have a deep desire to be wanted and connected to others. Not only is this a God-given desire, but it’s a desire that God experiences Himself – and that desire is for us. All of us. You, me, the guy behind you at the grocery story, your co-worker, your mailman, your nemesis. There’s more than enough love to go around, and He wants all of us to have a piece of it.
After all that I’ve done, after all the ways I’ve turned my back on Him, after all the times I’ve chosen my selfish desires over His heart, He still wants me. I hope you don’t believe there’s anything in your life that can change how much He loves you. He doesn’t need you to be perfect and upright and outstanding before He can stand to be near you. It has nothing to do with that. He just wants you, plain and simple. Any and all of you. Every part of you that fills you up and brings you down.
If you’re ever feeling lost or lonely, know that you’re wanted – here, now, just as you are. Wholly and unconditionally. Forever.