Of Course, We Have Great Love for Our Children – We’re Just Like Our Father
I was thrilled when I recently saw the Facebook post of a precious young woman that I and many others had been praying for. You see….her greatest desire and prayer was to be able to conceive a baby. It took years, but now she holds that precious baby girl in her arms and you can sense her gratitude to God for this precious miracle. I quote her from her Facebook page “I get to be her mom every day for the rest of my life! Somebody pinch me. #bestjobever I will never be able to tell God thank you enough for this miracle!”
I know THAT love. I looked at my own baby boy with those eyes of love and wondered “Could anyone in the world know this love and the capacity to love like this?” To me, he was the most beautiful baby I had ever seen and I wondered if my eyes were only the eyes of a love-struck mother. I thought “Do others see him as beautiful as I do?” He knew my voice and my heart beat before anyone else’s. He was my second love; I was his first (He reminds me of that on Valentine’s Day each year). We literally grew up together – I was a young, inexperienced mother that knew little of raising a baby to a boy to a man. And, I sure made a lot of mistakes along the way, but with God’s help and my precious husband’s (his dad’s) help, he made it to the beautiful man he is today. It seems like I blinked and no longer did I have a little boy. Now a strong and mighty man stands where that precious little man used to be. And I celebrate that man every day, but this day is his birthday. I love him with all my heart and I love his heart, his passion, his leadership, and his determination to make a positive difference in so many people’s lives…including mine. (Check out his new company that is making that difference today! See in my post below!)
We wonder how could we have such capacity to love so indescribably, so unconditionally, and so profoundly. Of course, it’s because “we were made in our Father’s image” (Genesis 1:27) and in His image we love deeply. We beam with pride when one of our children achieves success. Just think about how God must feel about His kids — especially when we bring Him pleasure. “He takes pleasure in those who honor Him, in those who trust in His constant love.” Psalms 147:11.
I know that God sees us and loves us so passionately. Like we would say to our kids, He says to us….”You are a shining star. You are a picture of divine wonder. You make Me smile and you make heaven dance. You are so beautiful!” I love Max Lucado’s words: “If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it! If He had a wallet, your picture would be in it. If He had a Facebook page, you would be His profile picture.” He is passionate, utterly relentless in His pursuit of you. And best of all, there is no earning of His love — God’s love is an absolutely free gift of His very self to us. God IS LOVE. Amazing, isn’t it? This all-surpassing love that God has for us calls for a response in us, as God invites us to share in the love that is God’s very self. He just simply asks us to reach out and accept His love….that is so rich and free.
The truest measure of God’s love is that He loves us WITHOUT MEASURE!
Psalm 33:18, 20 “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love, I have drawn you to myself.”
Zephaniah 3:17 “The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
Now, just soak those thoughts and realize….you are His beloved child and you are always on His mind, and His arms are reaching out in love to you! He is deeply and profoundly in love with YOU! Just feel that love and sense that embrace. Now, doesn’t that feel so good?
Happy Birthday to my precious son, Ryan Keith Wuerch! I’m celebrating you as I give you and Jesus to others today!