Hosea put it well: I'll call nobodies and make them somebodies; I'll call the unloved and make them beloved.
My fond memories of riding horses with my dear friend on his ranch, and running through the woods are clouded with memories of feeling invisible. As I grew older, I only learned this skill more and more. I identified myself as "the maid's daughter" (even though I never spoke that outloud) or some other label. But, I did not know who I truly was. And, I certainly did not know who God was or that He cared about me, or loved me. I learned that it was best for me to be quiet, and to develop my own world inside myself.
It wasn't until much later in my life that I learned that God IS Who He says He is, and I am who God says I am! When I heard that said, I set out to discover exactly who that might be. To my delight, it was not the maid's daughter.
God began an amazing transformation in me that He continues to do today. He began to renew, restore, and revive me.
Not just my heart, but every part of me. My mind, soul, and body. He began to shed light on areas of my life that needed truth. And, He gave me courage and boldness. He moved me in directions that I thought I'd never be able to go, yet He scouted the path for me. He spoke words for me.
He began the process of being my identity.