God must have an aversion to human uniformity. We come in different shapes, sizes, colors, and features. We speak different languages, have accents, eat different foods, and possess distinct artistic tastes. Even the way we practice and understand our faith is diverse, an aspect of religion which some find uncomfortable, but which I suspect God takes great pleasure in. The created order rings with God’s applause of diversity, uniqueness, and individuality.
In her book, Audrey Bunny (B&H Publishing, $14.99), blogger, author and speaker Angie Smith shares a lovely story which teaches children that everyone is special and loved by God. Audrey Bunny, a stuffed toy, is afraid her flaws will make her unworthy of a little girl’s love. She discovers that her imperfections are irrelevant to her owner’s love, and that her uniqueness is something to be celebrated, not hidden.
God does not love humanity collectively. He loves individuals specifically. Our value in his eyes is unassailable. Not even our imperfections and mediocrity can diminish his love for us. We bemoan our weaknesses, but God does not. We are embarrassed by our deficiencies, but God’s love isn’t contingent on our talents or abilities. Audrey Bunny reminds us that God loves all of us, and there is nothing – absolutely nothing, that can change that.
–Darrel Holcombe, Owner
Sanctuary Christian Books and Gifts
Colonial Promenade, Alabaster
Author Angie Smith will be in Birmingham February 15 as the featured speaker at the Samford Legacy League’s Scholarship Luncheon. Proceeds provide life-changing scholarships to deserving students with significant financial need. Learn more at samford.edu/legacyleague.