A Build-A-Bear Moment

What do Build-A-Bear Workshops and Heaven have in common?

I really love the Build-A-Bear store, so much more than, I think, even my kids! You know, Build-A-Bear, where you pick out a “shell” of a bear and wait in line for 10-15 minutes to have your bear stuffed. The wait is not so fun, but once you get to the stuffer machine, it’s pure magic.

Build-A-Bear Workshop
Build-A-Bear Workshop

You know how it works, you hand your shell-of-a-bear to the attendant and they make a big deal out of your bear. You get a tiny heart to place inside your bear, but before the heart goes in the bear it’s rubbed on your head, on your tummy, etc. The heart becomes almost a part of YOU before it gets placed in the bear. Such a big deal is made out of this bear becoming yours. Then the bear gets stuffed, and hopefully you make it out of the store before the bear has a nicer wardrobe than your child (or YOU)!

When I was just about to turn eight-years old my family relocated from Ohio to Florida. This move was such a shock to my little self! Up until then I was a typical kid with no worries or anxieties. That all changed when we moved. I had a terrible time adjusting to a new school, new kids and a totally new environment. Around that time I started having this strange feeling that I came to know as a “homesick” feeling. I don’t know how to explain it, but it started around that time.

Once I got older we ended up moving back to Ohio, and I eventually got married with my own family, but I would still, on occasion, experience that “homesick” feeling. Still to this day, 35 years later, I still experience that “homesick” feeling at times.

One day, it dawned on me that that homesick feeling was because I’m not truly home. I would imagine before we were born there was kind of a Build-A-Bear ceremony with God where our little hearts were prayed over, and we were told how special and unique we are. There was a part of God placed in our hearts that we carry around, and until we see Him again, we aren’t truly home. So, that “homesick” feeling will remain until that glorious day!

Psalm 139:13 – For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (New International Version)

I hope you tuck that verse away in your heart, and remember that you are fearfully and wonderfully made by God. He fussed over you and is waiting for a wonderful reunion one day.




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  1. This verse has meant much to me. I know that though some of what has happened in my life was a complete shock to me, God was not surprised. He knew it all ahead of time. And He never leaves me.