“I am sure that nothing can separate us from God’s love–not life or death, not angels or spirits, not the present or the future…” (Romans 8:38 CEV)
After my father died, my sister and I helped Mom go through his personal items. I couldn’t wait to get into Daddy’s special drawer. It was the one drawer in his nightstand that he didn’t allow anyone to bother. He could hear you opening it from a mile away. I remember as a kid trying to quietly ease open the drawer in order to sneak some quarters from his big bowl of change (I wanted to feed the Pac Man game at the local arcade.) As I started to reach my hand inside, I heard Dad’s voice, “Michelle Leigh Medlock—get out of my drawer!” He didn’t mind giving me money for Pac Man—he just didn’t want me in his special, private drawer.
For years, I’d wondered what could possibly be in that forbidden treasure trove. Why was he so protective of it? Now was my chance to find out. As I searched through Daddy’s things, I found very ordinary items. His comb. Fingernail clippers. His money clip. Pictures of the family. Lots of change. His special calculator he used in business. And a lock box. When we opened the lock box—we found important documents like his and my mother’s marriage license, our birth certificates and the hospital bracelets for all three of us kids. Two tiny pink ones and one small blue one. The wording had yellowed over the years, but I could still read “Medlock Girl” and my birth date on the little bracelet. I held that tiny pink bracelet close to my heart for what seemed like hours.
It was at that moment I realized how very much my Daddy cherished me. He loved me so much that he even treasured my baby bracelet. Today, I keep that baby bracelet in a secret compartment of my purse as a reminder of how much my Daddy loved me.
You may not have a loving earthly father. Or, maybe you don’t even know your father, but I have good news. You have a heavenly father who treasures you, and He has little pink bracelets—His promises of love—all throughout His Word. Every time you find one like, Jeremiah 31:3 that says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love,” you’ll want to hold it close to your heart–just like I did. Spend some time discovering how much your Heavenly Father loves you today. It’ll change your life.
Michelle Adams is a successful and award-winning author. She teaches at writers conferences across the country and shares her love of the written word with aspiring writers. Visit Michelle at www.michellemedlockadams.com