Mirror of Need
Updated: Dec 21, 2020
There is about us, if only we have eyes to see, a creation of such spectacular
profusion, spendthrift richness, and absurd detail, as to make us catch our breath in astonished wonder. (Michael Mayne)
Somewhere in eternity past God looked deep into His heart, into the mirror of His need and saw a reflection of my being; it was then that He decided on my existence. You and I are not accidents, nor are we mistakes; our creation was intentional. God brought us into this world and has a definite purpose for us being on the earth. You may not feel important but you are. Jonathan Swift said, “That the universe was formed by a fortuitous concourse of atoms, I will no more believe than that the accidental jumbling of the alphabet would fall into a most ingenious treatise of philosophy.” The life in your soul did not come into being through a series of chemical reactions; you are more than simple matter—you are a child of God.
The Lord spoke to Jeremiah the Prophet and said to him (Jeremiah 1:5), “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born, I set you apart and appointed you as my spokesperson to the world.” The Lord saw Jeremiah before he was born; long before his mother labored at bringing him into the world. You may not know your birth parents. Maybe, because of some unfortunate circumstance, you were given up for adoption—it doesn’t matter. God brought you into this world and you are important to Him.
In some ancient cultures the mother of a child who moved away would tattoo his or her name in the palm of her hand. It was symbol of her undying love and passion. The prophet Isaiah refers to this practice in his writings (Isaiah 49:15-16), “Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for a child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you! See, I have written your name on my hand.” The Lord assured His people that He had not forgotten them—He will never forget you. Nothing has changed. You were inscribed in the heart of God from the very beginning. No philosophical theory which I have yet come across is a radical improvement on the words of Genesis, that in the beginning God made Heaven and Earth. (C.S. Lewis).