One time while visiting Central Park in NYC I had an artist sketch my picture. I was so excited while he was drawing. I couldn't wait to see the finished product. I couldn't wait to see myself through someone else's eyes.
When he was done he showed me the picture and he had drawn it cartoon style and he had made me into a very vivacious woman with big beautiful hair wearing a Wonder Woman costume. It was hilarious. I loved it.
When I read the daily verse today from the NASB version, It uses the word "drawn" and I began thinking about how God would draw me. How would I look through His artist's eyes? What values would He see and portray in my drawing?
But then I went to read the same verse from several versions. The meaning changed for me. I now read that God is "faithful" to me and that He is very patient and kind towards me.
Yep, that's exactly what I need from Him. And I am so thankful for Him and His loving kindness.
I can't see His drawing of me yet because He is still patiently and lovingly completing me. I can't wait to see the end result.
I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness. (Jeremiah 31:3 NASB)
I will always love you; that's why I've been so patient and kind. (Jeremiah 31:3 CEVDCUS06)
I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. (Jeremiah 31:3 ESV)
PS: I wanted a pencil drawing to go with this post, but my photo program wouldn't let me do it. So I enlisted some help from our Whew sister, Elizabeth Housel.
While see was working on my photo, I had the same feeling of anticipation that I had while waiting for the real sketch.
Thank you for your help today, Elizabeth.