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The Lord will not forsake his people, for they are his prize.
Psalm 94:14 (TLB)
“Throw that one back.”
I remember the first time I went fishing with my dad as a pre-teen.
There’s something I quickly learned about fishing—not all fish were keepers.
Maybe, it’s the sport of fishing, to say you caught this fish, then throw it back. Or to tell a big fish story. You know, the thrill of using hands to describe you caught a humdinger…a prize fish.
But sometimes the fish isn’t the one you were hoping to catch.
You keep some, you throw some back.
After my early fishing adventures, I learned there’s keeper-lessons in life.
A boyfriend decided another girl made a better catch. A friend didn’t view me as a keeper and went fishing.
I continued to wear the I-must-not-be-a-keeper badge into adulthood. Each time someone threw me back in life’s pond, my heart made a note. You’re not a keeper.
The enemy hopes we’ll buy the world’s slick-selling guise: “Keep the deserving, throw the others back.”
It’s often the story in life. Unwanted pets become abandoned pets. Children in an orphanage or foster care, wait and long for adoptive parents to choose them…love them…and keep them.
A spouse announces, “I don’t love you anymore.”
Culture compares us to the people deemed keepers. The mom every kid wants. The picture-perfect wife. A friend who’s best-friend-forever material. All good catches.
But—and this is a monumental but—the Lord consistently reminds me, “Karen, you’re a keeper.”
The world shows no mercy to the undeserving. But God’s kind mercy washed my sin-stained soul and chose to hang on to me.
Out of God’s great compassion and loving mercy we’re kept.
His unfathomable mercy assures, “I’ve caught a humdinger. You’re the one I searched for and wanted. My prize. You’re my catch of the day. You could never do anything to be thrown back.”
The merciful Lord Jesus will never, ever, ever let you go.
Lord, I’m overwhelmed by Your keeping-mercy. You never cast off Your own. Today, remind me how tenderly You choose me and love me and keep me. Always. In the name of Jesus. Amen.