She’s read all seven books at least twice. After years of intrigue with the fantasy world that includes muggles, Dumbledore and hallway pictures that interact with their observers, Emma had the opportunity to visit Universal Studios’ Harry Potter section of their theme park when our family went to Florida last week.
Among other things, Emma had anticipated visiting the shop where you choose, and of course purchase, your wand – though I’ve learned that the wand actually chooses you. The easy way is to go through the main entrance into the store. But for those Harry Potter enthusiasts who want to wait an hour in line (with their parents), there is the opportunity to watch a wizard do his thing in a another part of the store. He shows you some of the mystery behind finding your wand and helps one lucky child in each group learn how to discover which wand is theirs. With a little Universal Studios magic, the child gets to try out the wand on things in the room with the wizard’s help.
Emma was hoping to be the chosen one for our group of 30 people. Her chances were good since she was the only child among the thousands in the park wearing an authentic cape in the Florida heat. While we were waiting she asked me for suggestions on how to improve her odds. I told her to make sure people would know how thrilled she was to be there and to tell me about everything in the room as we would enter. Basically, she should be herself.
We were finally ushered in and the children were assembled in the front so the wizard could see them. He made his way down the steps, greeted us and looked at all of the children before him . . . and he chose Emma! It was dark in the room so I couldn’t get a picture, but I could easily see Emma’s face beaming during the rest of the presentation. What a great day for her.
To be chosen is an awesome thing, but to be chosen by God is life changing. It means acceptance, validation and a offers a sense of self-worth. And then there’s hope; that gift from God that helps us to endure anything on earth because we know that something amazing is yet to come.
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory. (Ephesians 1:13-14, NIV)
Friend, there is no need to try to impress God anymore. If you’ve asked Jesus to be your Savior and have committed to following him, you’re already in! Whatever you do for God from now on is in response to having been chosen.
Even if this simply a reminder for you, I hope your face beams today as you enjoy your chosen-ness.