As David was telling me about his dream last night, he seemed to be glowing. His whole countenance was unusually peaceful and reflective.
“I was fighting in a battle with Legolas,” he smiled as he remembered the scene. “We were a team. I was kind of like—you know—his vice president.”
“He gave me one of his arrows to use. But his bow was broken so I couldn't shoot the arrow. I had to use a gun instead and it was too heavy.”
“We were fighting the dwarfs, and there were too many of them so we lost.”
“But it was really cool to be with Legolas. He's really kind and I can always count on him.”
“I wish I could have more dreams like that....I wish I could meet the REAL Legolas!”
What an honor it was for David to be Legolas' vice president. He felt so treasured and valued in his dream.
This afternoon he was working on an exercise to distinguish linking verbs from action verbs. I was thinking about the word beloved (the theme for Velvet Ashes this week) and how the word could be separated into two: be loved where “be” is a linking verb. There is a necessary receiving on our part. God calls us his beloved but we don't always feel that way.
Shame, self-condemnation, perfectionism, and pride can block our ability to experience God's love.
As I was reading The Jesus Storybook Bible to the boys today, we got to the parable of the Hidden Treasure again. And David said, “I bet I know what that's about. God is the farmer who dug up the treasure and the treasure is us.” I really like that view of the parable, not just that our greatest treasure is God but that His greatest treasure is us!
Daniel, as you know, often asks the same question multiple times. One of his favorites as we're reading through the Storybook Bible is, “Am I God's children?” Each time I answer, “Yes, you are,” he gets such a sweet smile of contentment. Being reminded of that truth is very comforting to him.
Don't we all need that reminder?
We can get so focused on the activity around us that we forget the truth that God calls us His beloved. His treasure. His sheep that He would search the ends of the earth to bring back to Him. He longs to carry us close to His heart. Because we belong to Him. He has written us on the palms of His hands. He delights in us. He wants us to Be Loved. To receive His Love.
As we long for the day that we will see Him face to face.
Which will be even more incredible than meeting Legolas.