I like to think of myself as a somewhat competent communicator. Communication, after all is my craft as a teacher, as a writer, as a mother. And yet I cannot adequately express how I feel about my children. I cannot put into words the depth of love I feel, the things I feel for them – or even what I feel because of them. My children are a gift. My children are a blessing. My children are a stewardship. But this does not even brush the surface of what I hold inside. I cannot paint the picture, not fully. I cannot convey the depths of what my heart holds into words on a page.
And if you have children, too, perhaps you know what I mean.
Why did God give us children? I don’t know the answer fully, but I wonder if it was so that we could know at least a little of how he views us. Of how he feels deeply and keenly for us. Of how he loves his children. Notice his tender love:
and in the wilderness, where you have seen how the Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son, all the way that you went until you came to this place. ~ Deuteronomy 1:31
Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk;
I took them up by their arms,
but they did not know that I healed them.
I led them with cords of kindness,
with the bands of love,
and I became to them as one who eases the yoke on their jaws,
and I bent down to them and fed them. ~ Hosea 11:3-4
Yes, God is a God to be feared. He is mighty, holy, and awesome. He is a rock and a shield to those who take refuge in him. He makes the mountains quake and the earth tremble. But he is also a father, who tenderly gathers his children, no matter how far they’ve roamed, into his arms when they come home. He cares for them diligently, patiently, affectionately. And just as I carry my tired little ones when they cry, he picks us up and carries us when we cannot go any farther on our own.
Do you know of his love today? Have you become his child?
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. ~ 1 John 3:1
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