Transformation Garden - May 28, 2011

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“And Caleb said, ‘He that smiteth Kirjath-sepher, and taketh it, to him will I give Achsah my daughter to wife.’”
Joshua 15: 16
King James Version

EXPLORATION

“Nothing Is Too Good For My Daughter”

“The true original and prime motive of all gracious, bountiful expressions and effusions of love upon God’s elect, is the good pleasure of His will.”
Robert Bolton

Have I ever contemplated the wonderful thought that there’s nothing my heavenly Father won’t do for me?

 “To stop God loving me would be to rob Him of His Godhead, for God is love no less than He is truth.”
Meister Echkart

INSPIRATION

“To be loved for what one is, is the greatest exception.”
Goethe

I did not grow up in a home where there was a great deal of money.  My parents always lived on a budget and most of the time “extras” had to either be saved for or we went without them.

Being a young girl who really liked “clothes,” I found it difficult to constantly hear the words, “We don’t have the money, dear.”  Now don’t get me wrong, my mother was a fantastic seamstress, and she used the best of her skills to make me some very nice dresses.  But when I was a teenager, homemade clothes were stigmatized.  I actually had girls say to me in the most imperious way possible, “Oh, your mother made that?”  When in fact, as I reflect back to that time, many of those clothes were exceptionally constructed and extremely stylish as my mom had the ability to do what other mothers couldn’t.  And what’s more, I know the heart of the one who so loving put those time-consuming stitches into every outfit she made me.

Well, one day, our family made a very rare shopping trip to the local Bullock’s Department Store and as it happened, we entered through doors that opened right into the “Junior Girls” department.  You can only imagine what happened.  Right on a rack by the door was the cutest outfit.  A blue and white check wool shift dress with a bright yellow felt square border around the neck.  Now it may not sound so great to you, but believe me, I fell in love with that dress the minute I saw it.  It was unique.  I had never seen anything like it before!

As I stood, drooling over this little dress, I looked at my mom with my “sad puppy eyes” and plaintively asked, “Can I just try it on, please!?”  My mother said, “I wish you could honey, but we can’t afford it right now.  Your school tuition takes everything we have.”

Over the next few minutes as we did other necessary shopping in the store, I noticed my parents having quite a discussion and when we were on the way out of the store, my dad came up to me and said, “You haven’t had a store bought dress in a long time.  Why not try it on.”  I did. And as I pranced out of the dressing room, I felt like Cinderella going to the ball.  This was what my dad said, “I’m going to get you this dress because you look terrific and there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for you, Dorothy.”  I know my mom and dad went without something to get me that little dress, but I can tell you, I’ve never forgotten that act. And I know for loving parents, around the world, who go without every day, to give their children the best they can.  I have friends who are single moms and who work three jobs in order to say, “There’ nothing I won’t do for my children.”

This is the essence of the passage today in Joshua 15: 16.  Caleb, a loving and devoted father, told the young men, that the one who took the city of Kirjath-sepher, would be worthy of his daughter.  From a historical perspective, let’s remember that at this time in history, fathers were responsible for arranging the marriages of their daughters.  In this text we clearly see Caleb wanted his girl to have the best!  He wanted his daughter to be entrusted to a man of honour who had zeal and energy.  A man who was brave and willing to dare for God.  Caleb’s hope for his precious girl was that she would be in the hands of the finest, surrounded by an unending love.  Only the best for his little girl!  There was nothing Caleb wouldn’t do for his daughter.

What a lesson there is in this text. Hidden in this Old Testament passage is the desire and plan our heavenly Father has for His daughters, too.  So often, we as God’s girls, sell ourselves short – even to the lowest bidder.  Unfortunately, we pay a heavy price.  How often, in my younger years, when I did not understand the value my Heavenly Father placed on me, I found myself too content to be swept along by some young man’s flattery and fanfare rather than the strength of character and devotion to God that was the best my Father wanted for me.

Thankfully, it is never too late for God’s daughters, and sons as well, to recognize the worth He has placed on us.

Just as Caleb wanted the best for his daughter, Achsah, so God wants the best for you.  And please, don’t think I’m making this up, for this is what God says: “For I know the thoughts and plans I think toward you, says God, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope and a future.”(Jeremiah 29:11).

As daughters of the King of the Universe, we should memorize this text and place it where we can remind ourselves every day that our Father has promised, “Nothing Is Too Good For My Daughter!”

“I am His daughter.  He said so.  Oh the infinite gentleness of my God!”
Margaret of Cortona

AFFIRMATION

A while back, one of God’s daughters, Sue, who comes to Transformation Garden sent me a poem which she wrote. As Sue told me, “Dorothy, I wish I had a dad like yours.  All I ever wanted was to sit on my dad’s lap just once and get a hug and kiss but he died when I was 11-years-old and I grieve for the dad I missed.”

It is from this longing that Sue penned this most touching poem which she so graciously gave me permission to share with you.

My Abba Daddy

I know my Heavenly Father cares for me
But I go to “my” Abba Daddy and sit on his knee.
When troubles come, and I feel low
It’s to my Abba Daddy, that I will go.
When friends and family don’t have time to care,
I know my Abba Daddy will always be there.
When I don’t get any hugs for a week,
It’s the open arms of my Abba Daddy I will seek.
So if you’re feeling no one cares about you,
Just go to “your” Abba Daddy because He loves you, too.”

Thank you Sue!

Your friend

Dorothy Valcárcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
Dorothy@TransformationGarden.com

P.S. Just to let you know, Transformation Garden is now on FACEBOOK. Please come and see us and share the garden with your friends. The Daily Devotional is posted everyday, Monday through Friday on Facebook, too. 

My book, When A Woman Meets Jesus, is available wherever books are sold and on the internet at www.amazon.com, and www.Christianbook.com, or by calling toll-free, 1-800-Christian.  You may also call Transformation Garden at 602-368-1245. 

For more from Dorothy, please visit transformationgarden.com.

 
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