Remember Your First Crush?

Do you remember the first time you fell IN LOVE? 

I’ll never forget my first major crush. His name was Freddy. He had blue eyes, a sprinkle of freckles across his nose, and curly blonde hair. The fact that he had a really sweet ride didn’t hurt either. 

Because we lived in the same apartment complex and attended the same school, we saw each other every day. It wasn’t long before we were an item. Freddy and Lori sittin’ in a tree K-I-S-S-I-N-G. 

I woke up thinking of him and went to sleep thinking of him. I even dreamed about him. Everyone knew we’d get married one day, but I knew it was serious when he let me drive his Big Wheel. 

Our relationship ended when I moved away in third grade. I cried for weeks. 

I thought about Freddy today when I read Psalm 40. A psalm of David, this beautiful, poetic psalm describes God’s glorious redemption of sinful man. What caught my eye, however, and sparked a trip down memory lane, were the following lines.

Describing God, David writes, 

“Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to you in order. If I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered” (v. 5). 

If you’ve ever wondered what God thinks about, here’s your answer—He thinks about US! 

Not only thinks about us, but thinks about us all the time. Like a schoolgirl crush on a cute boy, God is enamored with us, besotted with us, and captivated by us. Thoughts of us fill his days and crowd his nights. He studies us, knows us better than we know ourselves, and eagerly wants to spend time with us. He loves bestowing gifts on us and thinking of ways to bless us. 

But he will never move away. He is committed to us FOREVER. 

How does it make you feel to realize that the almighty God of the universe thinks about you all day long? For me, it’s a very humbling thought. As my former pastor often says of God’s love, “I can't earn it. I don’t deserve it, but I am humbly grateful.” 

And gratitude, I think, is the appropriate response.Will you join me in prayer today?

“O LORD, what is man that you care for him, the son of man that you think of him?” We don’t deserve to be in the center of your thoughts today, yet we are. I don’t know why you love us, but you do. Somehow, Lord, make us men and women who make you smile every time you think of us. Accept our love and gratitude this day, and help us tell others “how great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God.”

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1 comment:

  1. I just had my children memorize Psalm 139, and when we got to verses 17 and 18, I realized this, too, that God thinks about us all the time. And it blows my mind! How amazing!