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No. 185
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
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Getting to know God together.

Tim and his brother Jerry lived in a boy’s home. They had been shuffled around all their short lives between foster homes, sometimes together, sometimes apart. “I just want to belong to someone, “ said Tim one day to Jerry. “I am sick of being with another “mother” and “father” every six months or so. Why doesn’t some one adopt us?” Tim had been to six foster parents, and Terry had been to seven. It was too much to bear. At the Sunday School Tim went to he felt worse. Tim felt like an invisible boy! He went there with the other kids from the boys’ home. They made a big group. The pastor and teachers always talked to the whole group, no one spoke to Tim as though he was just himself. He went up to the pastor once to say how lonely and hopeless he felt, and the pastor had hurt Tim’s feelings a lot. Tim had only said one word, and the pastor smiled and talked to the teacher over his head. “Is this boy fitting in well here? Make sure the boys from St John’s Home are spread out amongst the others in the class.“ Then he went off. Tim felt like a nothing!

One day at Sunday School Tim found himself listening. He never did that, he usually just stared into space and thought of something else, like sport or what they might be going to get for lunch at St Johns.  He heard the teacher say this:
“Everyone is important to God.  You have an important place in God’s heart, and He has a wonderful plan for your life. You are so loved by God that He knows everything about you, even all your thoughts.” Tim got a bit guilty then, God must know that he hadn’t been listening and had been thinking about lunch instead. But the teacher was reading from the Bible now, and the words made tears come to Tim’s eyes:

“ Thou [God] knowest [know] my down sitting [when I sit down] and mine uprising [when I stand up], thou understandest my thought afar off [ You, God, can tell what I am going to think before I even think it ]. Thou compassest my path and my lying down [You God know all about what I am doing, and when I lay down to sleep], and art acquainted with all my ways [  all the things I do are known to You ]. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether [ there is not a word I say that You, God, don’t know about, every one] .”  (Psalm 139: 2-4).

Tim felt very happy about what he had just heard. Why that meant that he wasn’t just a nobody, a nothing, an invisible boy. The God Who had made the whole universe and the earth knew all about him, TIM! How could he be worthless when he mattered so much to God? The teacher was reading another part of the Bible:
 “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!  I If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.”  (Psalm 139: 17,18).

The teacher said, “ The Bible, God’s own Word, tells us that the loving thoughts God has about YOU are so many that they more in number than all the grains of sand on the sea shore! ”  Dennis, a nasty tempered boy from the home got up then. “Please  Miss,” he said sniggering away, “If there are so many people on earth how could God think about all of them all the time. That’s silly!”  The teacher didn’t look worried at all, and she said, “ God knows everything because He is God, If He didn’t He wouldn’t be God. You can’t imagine how this can be because you are only someone God made. You are a human being.”

Tim felt better as he went back to the home in the bus. He could belong to Someone Who cared about him, and he could  have a father. He could have God His Heavenly Father. So he whispered a prayer to the the Heavenly Father asking Him to please forgive him for his wrong words and ways. And Tim told God he wanted to belong to Him forever. He told God he wanted Jesus to save him.  And Jesus came and lived in Tim’s life from that time on. And he didn’t feel lonely and worthless any more.

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