“Remember, you are special because I made you. And I don’t make mistakes.”
― Max Lucado from “You are Special”
Did your mom or dad ever read this to you?
I can still remember the words and illustrations as if it were yesterday.
This simple little parable storybook was one of my favorites growing up. Mom and I must have read it 8 or 9 times together.
Wemmicksville is a fictional land created by Eli, the carpenter and “God figure” in this tale. Eli painstakingly creates each and individual Wemmick with great care and precious design so that all are unique and no 2 Wemmicks are the same. They look different, sound different, have different personalities and traits.
But, they are all made with love by the same carver.
In the story, we learn about life in Wemmicksville. Each of the wemmicks carry a small box full of 2 types of stickers- gray dots & gold stars. They spend their days handing out the stickers. Gold stars were awarded to those without blemish, ones who could jump high, lift heavy loads, or perform great acts of courage. Gray dots to those with blemishes, knicks in the wood, or chips in their paint job.
One of those who bore gray dots is our central character- Punichello. Punichello had so many gray dots signifying the other Wemmicks disapproval that he began to believe them, to believe their cruel insults and accept it as truth.
One day, Punichello meets a wemmick who has no stickers at all- no dots and no stars! He wished to be more like her. So, he asks her how she does it. She exclaims, “It’s easy! Everyday I go and see Eli!”
“Eli?” Punichello asks. “Why?”
“Well, why don’t you go find out for yourself”, she says as she skips away.
So, Punichello climbs the hill for his visit with Eli and he enters the carver’s workshop. Eli immediately recognizes the little wemmick and calls him out by name asking for him to come so that he may have a look at him.
After a moment, Eli responds “Hmmmmmm. Looks like you have been given some bad marks.” Punichello is quick to apologize for them, but Eli rebukes him and later says, “Who are they to give stars or dots? They are wemmicks! And I don’t care what they think, and neither should you. What they think doesn’t matter. All that matters is what I think… and I think that you are pretty special.”
Punchinello retorts, “Why?”
And calmy Eli responds, “Because you are mine.”
Isn’t that a beautiful picture of a Father’s love for us? I don’t care how old I get, this book is still a tool He uses to love on me and remind me that I am His.
My favorite quote from the book is this…
I have told you before that one of my besties is pregnant. It’s our first baby amongst my tight group of besties and I couldn’t be more thrilled. And I think often of what I want to relay to this child, what I want to share with them.
And I have to say, there may be no greater lesson than this…
God loves you unconditionally. And his favor and merit is lavished upon you. His light should be so evident inside you that it shines out and touches those around you. And because of that, dear one, all the other opinions, thoughts, and words cannot touch you. In fact, they shouldn’t even matter. The more you trust in His love and in His plan, the less you care about men’s favor. That’s how you know you are living in His perfect will and plan for your life.
God loves you.
He thinks you are so very special.
And so do I.
Your Aunt Jamie