Morning Thought: Others walked passed, all they saw was a ball of mud. The Lord stopped and bent down, picking you up. He saw something beneath the surface. He washed you, knowing you were a pearl encased in mud. Then he held you close. You are his special treasure. “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9 NIV).