Prized pos­ses­sion

The Freeman - - OPINION -

I felt my heart drop when I saw a lump of oily food land on my brand new sig­na­ture bag that was sit­ting next to me over lunch. It was a gift given by our daugh­ter, Trina, from her hon­ey­moon trip and it was my pre­cious pos­ses­sion.

Google be­came my faith­ful guide in a des­per­ate ef­fort to re­store the soiled spot on the leather. I ded­i­cated many long hours try­ing out var­i­ous meth­ods from tal­cum pow­der, to liq­uid de­ter­gent, to a homemade bak­ing soda so­lu­tion, and more.

I was pleased with the out­come. My un­pro­fes­sional hard work paid off and I gen­tly put the purse back in its orig­i­nal dust bag, promis­ing my­self to be more care­ful.

And then I re­al­ized that this is just a bag that I am overly pro­tec­tive of. It led me to imag­ine how God cares for me. “He chose to give birth to us by giv­ing us his true word. And we, out of all cre­ation, be­came his prized pos­ses­sion” (James 1:18).

You and I are the Lord’s prized pos­ses­sion. How do we pro­tect what’s pre­cious to Him?

Mari Si­son-Gar­cia

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