Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O Lord. (Ps. 25:7)

WHEN I GET AN IDEA, I like to do something about it. So when I decided that the living room should be a different color, I went to the store and grabbed a can of paint. “I have all afternoon,” I thought. “This’ll all be done before suppertime.” Um, not so much. And the color I had so quickly selected? It was nothing like what I expected.

When my husband, Larry, arrived home, I met him at the door. “When you look at the walls,” I said, “Don’t think about the color; think about how much you love me.”

He grinned. “I do,” he said. “Paint the house orange if you want to. I only have eyes for you.” We both laughed.

David said something like that when he called out to God: “Don’t look at what I’ve done; think about how much You love me.” And that’s what God does with each of us. We see the mess we’ve made of our lives. God sees only His precious child. By faith in Christ Jesus, we are blameless in His sight, His beloved by the Father. Of course God wants us to live holy lives, but He loves us unconditionally, and we can rest in that.

And by the way, the living room is finished. Sunset orange. Larry says it’s his favorite color. It reminds him of me.

Rest in God’s approval today.

Heather Gemmen Wilson is the author of the Global Warning Series (WPH), a fiction series for preteens, and she inspires young minds as a professor of creative writing.

© 2017 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.