just josiah

We’re at Steak ‘n Shake.

“Takhomasak,” gleams the neon sign over the counter.

It was years before I “got” it.

I’d frown. “Tahk’-oh-mah’-sak.” I’d say it slow. I’d say it fast. It sounded Japanese.

“Car, table, counter, or takhomasak?”

Ooooh. “Take home a sack.” Duh!

I’d stressed the wrong spots.

Dennis and I spoon chocolate malt from a shared glass.

The cherry is mine. And most of the whipped cream.

I sense a slight stroke in a few strands of my hair and a light tickle on my shoulder. I hear a woman whisper, “Sit down.”

I turn to peek over the booth back.

“Who’s gittin’ me?” I tease.

The dark-haired, saucer-eyed boy, about three years old, giggles.

“What’s your name?” I ask.

“Josiah,” he says softly. He tucks his head down but raises big brown eyes to mine.

“Oh, what a great Bible name!” I exclaim. “Do you know Josiah was a king? He was only eight years old. Are you a king?”

“No,” he sighs. “I’m just Josiah.”

Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the Lord as he did—with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength, in accordance with all the Law of Moses. ~2 Kings 23:25 (NIV)

Back when we lived in Florida, I watched a meadowlark skitter up and down on a neighbor’s car bumper. It’d stop periodically to attack its reflection in the chrome.

And here, almost every spring, both a robin and a cardinal attack their own images in our basement windows.

I guess it’s a territorial or mating thing.

At any rate, they don’t like the images they see mirrored.

Sometimes we don’t like the images we see mirrored.

And we think of ourselves as “just (sigh) Josiah.”

We stress the wrong spots.

We might base our self-worth on our past failings, on our flawed appearance, on whether we feel loved, or if we measure up to our own or another’s expectations.

We see our own brokenness and not our wholeness in Christ.

We see imperfection where God sees perfection.

We see our dirt. He sings His delight.

We forget that we are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Fashioned by the Master’s hands.

Children of the King of the universe.

Each of us His favorite.

The apple of His eye.

We forget that He created us in His image and destined us for greatness, with a special purpose.

We forget how He sees us…

Beautiful.

Able.

Valuable.

Justified.

Beloved.

Brennan Manning reminds us that:

It is God who has called us by name. The God beside whose beauty the Grand Canyon is only a shadow has called us beloved. The God beside whose power the nuclear bomb is nothing has tender feelings for us. ~Brennan Manning in Abba’s Child

He goes on to say:

Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion. ~Brennan Manning in Abba’s Child

 

God adores us.

We need to see ourselves through His lenses.

In His mirror.

Just as He sees us.

Which is definitely not “just (sigh) Josiah.”

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when you think you’re just josiah

by Sandra Heska King time to read: 3 min
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