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God and the Orange Tote Bag August 27, 2011

Filed under: Christianity,Faith and God Musings — lifeatwarpspeed @ 5:49 pm
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Of all the colors of the rainbow, orange is the one that you will never find in my closet or in my house. I was stuck wearing orange this and orange that in high school because our colors are orange and black. Literally Halloween year round. After I graduated, I swore I would never wear orange. Personally, I think orange is a pretty hard color to pull off. You either look really good in it or really bad.

If you see me these days, I usually have this tote bag with me. You will see it sitting in the hallway packed with M’s gear and ready to go any time. It is really hard to miss because it is really a bright orange that you can spot a mile away. You might be wondering what in the world would possess me to carry around a bag every day in a color I can’t stand.

I carry around this bag because it belonged to my mom. If you know me IRL, you know that my mom passed away in early June this year after battling lung cancer for over five years. This bag is the bag that she used during her last few years. It was the bag that she took when she went to see her doctors and had her surgeries and medical procedures. It was the bag that she always had with her when she did chemotherapy continuously for almost 3 years. It was an easy bag for her to use when it got harder to deal with zippers. She carried her Rice Krispy snacks, bottles of Ensure, medications and other necessities in her trusty orange tote.

This bag is precious to me now. Every time I pick it up, it is a visible and visceral reminder of my mom and who she was to me. It is a reminder to me of God’s ability to transform something I rejected into something precious. God taught me a serious life lesson in these past couple of months through this bag. I learned to love this bag despite its outward appearance because I can see something bigger than the orange color.

It illustrates in a very small way how God sees each of us. We see each other and judge each other by what we see on the surface. God’s love for each of us is precious and transformative. He doesn’t see what we see. He sees the totality of who we are. All the good things and yes, the bad and ugly things that we spend so much time hiding from each other with our preoccupation with money, status, beauty, clothes and other outward things. He sees to our souls and loves us anyways. His love transforms us into beautiful and precious children in His eyes.

L@WS

I found this poem online that someone wrote based on a series of verses about God’s unconditional love for us. I would give credit but there is no author listed. This is the God I know. He is not an abstract concept, but a very real presence in my life all the time. I am grateful everyday that my mom came to know Him and His unconditional love for her.

God’s Unconditional Love

You may not know Me, but I know everything about you…
Psalm 139:1

I know when you sit down and when you rise up…
Psalm 139:2

I am familiar with all your ways…
Psalm 139:3

Even the very hairs on your head are numbered…
Matthew 10:29-31

For you were made in My image…
Genesis 1:27

In Me you live and move and have your being…
Acts 17:28

For you are My offspring…
Acts 17:28

I knew you even before you were conceived
Jeremiah 1:4-5

I chose you when I planned creation…
Ephesians 1:11-12

You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in My book…
Psalm 139:15-16

I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live…
Acts 17:26

You are fearfully and wonderfully made…
Psalm 139:15-16

I knit you together in your mother’s womb
Psalm 139:13

And brought you forth on the day you were born…
Psalm 71:6

I have been misrepresented by those who don’t know Me…
John 8:41-44

I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love…
1 John 4:16

And it is My desire to lavish My love on you simply because you are My child and I am your Father…
1 John 3:1

I offer you more than your earthly father ever could…
Matthew 7:11

For I am the perfect father…
Matthew 5:48

Every good gift that you receive comes from My hand…
James 1:17

For I am your Provider and I meet all your needs…
Matthew 6:31-33

My plan for your future has always been filled with hope…
Jeremiah 29:11

Because I love you with an everlasting love…
Jeremiah 31:3

My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore…
Psalm 193:17-18

And I rejoice over you with singing…
Zephaniah 3:17

I will never stop doing good to you…
Jeremiah 32:40

For you are My treasured possession….
Exodus 19:5

I desire to establish you with all My heart and all My soul
Jeremiah 32:41

And I want to show you great and marvelous things…
Jeremiah 33:3

If you seek Me with all your heart, you will find Me…
Deuteronomy 4:29

Delight in Me and I will give you the desires of your heart…
Psalm 37:4

For it is I who gave you those desires…
Philippians 2:13

I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine…
Ephesians 3:20

For I am your greatest encourager…
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles…
2 Corinthians 1:3-4

When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you…
Psalm 34:18

As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to My heart…
Isaiah 40:11

One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes and will take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth
Revelation 21:3-4

I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my Son, Jesus…
John 17:23

For in Jesus, My love for you is revealed…
John 17:26

He is the exact representation of My being…
Hebrews 1:3

He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you…
Romans 8:31

And to tell you that I am not counting your sins…
2 Corinthians 5:18-19

Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled…
2 Corinthians 5:18-19

His death was the ultimate expression of My love for you…
1 John 4:10

I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love
Romans 8:31-32

If you receive the gift of my Son Jesus, you receive Me…
1 John 2:23

And nothing will ever separate you from My love again…
Romans 8:38-39

Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen…
Luke 15:7

I have always been Father, and will always be Father…
Ephesians 3:14-15

My question is… Will you be My child?…
John 1:12-13

I am waiting for you…
Luke 15:11-32

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