The Apple of His Eye
When Adam moved to the big city he suddenly realized how small and insignificant he was. In the small town where he grew up he was never especially popular but at least he was comfortable and still believed he could be something. That somehow changed though. Adam found himself in a strange new city and felt very alone and small and frightened. He met one friend in Jr. High and that is all he had into young adulthood. It seemed everyone else hated him. Adam would make several attempts on his life over the years and would question the reason for his existence at nearly every turn. He dated just a few times, he was terrified of girls. There was one he considered asking out but he did not have the courage. Even after he came to know the LORD he doubted he had any value and could not look anyone in the eye. He did not socialize and kept his friend circle tight and small. For many years, he was involved in ministry and made every effort to avoid people. In his eyes, he was a joke. Adam had dreams but inside, ‘he knew he was destined to fail.’ There were many nights when he cried himself to sleep while whispering pained and timid prayers asking why he had to be alone and why everyone hated him. One day, he found a church where he was accepted and given amazing opportunities. It was there, he first began to see who he truly was. In his past, Adam had no real idea he was valuable, capable or victorious.
This brief, but true story is all too real for many people. As long as someone believes they are worthless they will be restrained from living a full life. When true identity is finally grasped destiny becomes real. Each man and woman should realize they are amazing and beautiful. We are each crafted in the image of God and we carry amazing and powerful attributes. Each of us is His favorite and it is okay to know that.
You are the apple of His eye. Zechariah 2:8 For thus says the Lord of hosts: “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye. That phrase, “apple of my eye” seems to originate in the Hebrew language wherein it is a term for the reflection of a person in another’s eye. It is used to indicate deep affection where if you are the apple of someone’s eye they only have eyes for you. So! You, are the apple of God’s eye. Can I translate a little more for you? You are God’s favorite. Yes, you. You are God’s favorite. This fingerprint of identity places you securely in the center of God’s attention. How near and dear we are to Him. Like a lover, beholding his love, God gazes on you with deep affection. His thoughts toward you are good and pure. Jeremiah 29:11 may be familiar to you. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. NKJV This speaks of a God planning a future with you, much the same way a groom plans a future with his bride. The groom makes sure he has income for provision. He prepares a home and secures it so he and his family will be safe. There is something to be said of planning with certainty. The man who is sure in his plans is not easily shaken. When opposition arises he will continue with his plans and move forward. In the parable of the prodigal son, we see the son returning home and the father, upon seeing his son, runs to him and greets him with an embrace and a kiss then, lavishes him with gifts. This father was planning a future. I see the dad waiting in the driveway for his son. I can see him pacing back and forth and each day returning to the driveway to wait. I can see God like this. We may stray and fail Him but He waits patiently. He does not stop planning. We have captivated His heart and won His affection. He hurts when you hurt and rejoices when you rejoice. He misses you and longs for you when you avoid Him. He sings over you and rejoices. Zephaniah 3:17