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Keep me as the apple of your eye. – Psalm 17: 8 NIV
You are the apple of my eye. Sometimes I know you feel like I’ve abandoned you. I do not have. I am here. I have always been there, and I will always be there for you. I will never give up on you, no matter what, no matter how you feel or behave. No strings attached. I love you simply because you are Mine.
I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “the apple of my eye” many times, but do you know what it means? The “apple” of the eye is the pupil, the center of the eye and the part that lets in light. Without this delicate part, you wouldn’t be able to see. The pupil, the apple, must therefore be protected at all costs.
I am your protector, the shield that surrounds you, the strong tower in which you can take refuge. I am your rock, your fortress, your liberator, your fortress in difficult times. Yet there have been times when you have not run to Me. You asked for help elsewhere. I never force you to come to Me. I always give you the choice.
Sometimes your choices break my heart. But I want you to love Me and choose to obey Me on your own. Like the student, I want you to open your heart and allow my light and my love to enter.
There are times when I must intervene for your good. What parent would allow a child to go out on a busy street and not run and snatch that precious child from danger?
When you are tired and you are carrying a heavy load, I lead you to a place of rest where your soul can be refreshed. If I didn’t, you’d run away to death. What are you trying to prove, my dear? You don’t have to earn My love or prove your worth to Me. I created you. Just the way you are. For a purpose. Everything I allow in your life has a purpose, my child. Job with the circumstances, not against them. I control whether you believe it or not.
Sometimes I allow the difficulties in your life to teach you… to strengthen you. Do you remember learning to ride a bike? How many scratches and bruises did you endure before you could ride without your dad running right behind you, ready to catch you if you fell?
Still, there came a time when I had to take a step back and let you do it on your own. I watched you fall, brush and come back up again. I was so proud of you. I watched you cry when the pain was more than you could take, when you were so frustrated because after all your efforts, but it still wasn’t working the way you expected. It hurts because you are in pain. I counted your tears and bottled them as a reminder of your growing pains. Yet I was still there.
As you got older the lessons got more difficult. This is life, My child. Sometimes I have allowed you to wander in a desert, to struggle in a storm. It pained me to hear you scream, “Where are you?” Why don’t you help me? I was helping you. I never gave up on you. Your faith had to become stronger, and the wilderness and storms make perfect greenhouses for the growth of faith.
You, the apple of my eye, you are precious to me and I love you so much. There is nothing I wouldn’t give for you. Indeed, I gave My Son.
You are the apple of my eye. Never forget it.
Read and think about Zephaniah 3:17.
From “God, Me and a Cup of Tea: 101 Devotional Readings to Savor During Your Time with God” © 2017 Michele Huey. All rights reserved. Used with permission.