The other day my husband and I wandered out to a nearby fruit and vegetable stand. Rows of pumpkins, gourds and other fall goodies lined the front. Families gathered around to touch, thump and observe each one.
Eventually a child would declare, “I want this one!” When a parent would squint their eyes and inquire, “Why that one?” the child would enthusiastically point and declare something like, “I like this bump! It looks like a camel!”
The parents would shrug their shoulders and then that gangly, unsightly gourd would be scooped up and carried home with love.
Chosen with its imperfections.
I can’t help thinking it’s much the same with us. Jesus looks at us and says, “I want that one!”