The Lord will write in the register of the peoples: “This one was born in Zion.” (Ps. 87:6)

SHE WAS A YOUNG RUSSIAN GIRL, abandoned in an orphanage, discarded like countless others. Unwanted, unloved, uncared for, until one day God sent her a family from America. Out of all the children in that orphanage, this family chose her. This was a family that loved and accepted her for the treasure she is. Today, that young girl is a teenager, recently saved, baptized, and adopted into her forever family with Christ. What once seemed a curse—to be left alone, as if with no purpose—now is her greatest blessing, for without that family she may have never met her Savior.

Of all the cities of splendor God could have chosen as His special one, He chose Zion (Jerusalem). Not only did He choose Zion, He loved and favored it above all other cities, proclaiming to the world, “The Lord loves the gates of Zion!” It is His carefully chosen city for His carefully chosen people.

That family chose a little Russian girl as their own, proudly proclaiming as any parent would, “Look, look at our little girl! Isn’t she the most treasured creation?” How much more does our heavenly Father speak of us, His treasured ones, adopted into His forever family to dwell in His forever city. In light of this marvelous truth, how could we ever doubt His love, care, and purpose for our lives?

Intentionally decide how you will live God’s purpose today.

Rebecca Aarup studies at Liberty University and enjoys leading small groups in her church and mentoring other women.