John 15:16-17  You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other. (NLT)

I went on a retreat this weekend with some ladies from my Church. The camp is nestled in the woods of northern Michigan. We were enveloped in God’s glorious creation. The fall colors, not yet at their peak, still dazzled us with bright gold and flaming red Maple leaves.  Raindrops sitting on the tips of pine needles anticipating the next breeze that would send them on the rest of their journey to the ground below. Despite the cold temperatures and rainy days I felt at home and relieved of my burdens. 

During our time there the teaching centered on John 17 and, to get a better understanding of the passage, I spent my free time going back a couple of chapters. That’s when God planted me in chapter 15. Jesus was comforting the apostles, telling them of the Holy Spirit, and what He expected of them after He returned to the Father. He said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you”. I stopped there to savor those words. 

He chose me and wants me to know it. What I felt in that moment, and still feel now that I’m back home, is His loving comfort. I am comforted by the truth of who I am – I am HIS. 

What does He want you to know?


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