I Wish You Were Mine

Mary Ann Bird grew up knowing she was different, and she hated it.

She was born with a cleft palate. When she started school, her classmates made it clear to her how she looked to others: a little girl with a misshapen lip, crooked nose, lopsided teeth, and garbled speech.

When schoolmates asked, “What happed to your lip?”  She’d tell them she had fallen and cut it on a piece of glass. Somehow that seemed more acceptable than to have been born different.

Mary Ann was convinced that no one outside her family could love her.

Then, in second grade, Mrs. Leonard became Mary Ann’s teacher. Mrs. Leonard was short, round, and happy almost all the time.

It came time for the annual hearing test. Mrs. Leonard gave the test to everyone in the class.

Mary Ann knew from past years that as students stood against the door and covered one ear, the teacher sitting at her desk would whisper something, and they would have to repeat it back –  things like “The sky is blue” or “Do you have new shoes?”

Mary Ann stood at the door, when she heard seven words that God must have put into Mrs. Leonard’s mouth. Seven words that changed Mary Ann’s life.

Mrs. Leonard said, in her whisper, “I wish you were my little girl.”

God says to every person deformed by sin, “I wish you were my son” or “I wish you were my daughter.”

Through Jesus Christ, God redeems us! He brings us to Himself and makes us His people.

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!

Suggested Bible Reading

Exodus 19:1-6

Prayer Guide

Today as you pray …

Praise the Lord for His unmatchable grace and His loving kindness towards you.

Ask the Lord to increase your faith in His goodness.

Consider someone who you can encourage with the good news that God desires for all people to be His children, through the person and work of Jesus Christ.