I hardly ever receive visual images from God, but prayer walking through Shadwell today, all I could see were purple drapes of royalty hanging from every flat. Broken pieces of glass on the concrete were diamonds, each building rising into the air like fortified castle towers, every person we passed a royal prince or princess, precious and loved fiercely by God.
This area contrasts drastically with the posh and bustling west side of London and is often looked down upon or ignored. But today all I saw were glittering gemstones and soft red carpets. All I saw were ordinary people wearing crowns.
I think many people walk around with shame heavy on their shoulders, believing that they aren’t good or worthy enough, that they could never live up to the standards our culture tries to hold us to. We’ll never be wealthy enough, influential enough, pretty enough. But God doesn’t require any of that from us – He tells us in His Word that He loves us just as we are. We don’t have to clean ourselves up for Him, all we have to do is come to Him and drink from the Fountain of Life (Psalms 36:8-9).
What if we really lived like that, like we believed that we don’t have to work our way to God, that He is looking for seeking hearts and not perfect behavior? That He sees us and loves us in our sin, and that maybe we don’t have to try so hard all the time. That maybe we’re enough just as we are.