Wednesday

Love Makes the Difference

When it comes to children and spiritual truth, I’m never sure who is the teacher and who is the student. Such was the case during a conversation I had recently with my oldest granddaughter, Lauren. 

“Gigi!” she said as she bounced into my house one Friday morning. (If you’ve spent any time lately around preschool girls, you know that every statement ends in an exclamation point, and that they run, skip, bounce, or hop everywhere. Walking is never an option.) 

“I drew you a picture so you’d remember me while I’m in New-Ork.” She waved the masterpiece in her hand. “See, it’s you and me on a mountain. And I wrote my name on the bottom so you’d merember who drawed it.” 

“You know something?" I said, scooping her up and twirling her around in a happy circle. "I think about you every day. Every. Single. Day. You know why?” 

She thought a moment, then said matter-of-factly, “Because you love me?” 

“Yup. Because I love you. And you know what? There’s someone else who thinks about you every single day. Can you guess who?” 

She thought a little longer, following the trajectory of my thoughts. 

“God?” 

“Yup.” Her blue eyes lit up with the success of nailing the correct answer. 

“He thinks about you every single day . . . Do you know why?” 

The pause was longer this time, but then, “. . . because he loves me?” 

“Yes!” I said, “He loves you so much he never stops thinking about you.” 

When Jesus said we must become as little children to see the kingdom of God, I think he had in mind simple conversations like this one. If we, like little Lauren, accepted without conditions the fact that God loves us and never stops thinking about us, it would eliminate much of the angst we feel every day. 

This circumstance I’m experiencing . . . if God loves me, then I can trust him to use it for good in my life. 

This hard path I’m walking on . . . if God loves me, then he won’t abandon me to face it alone. 

This heartache . . . if God loves me, then he can heal my heart and restore my joy. 

What are you going through right now? Would it look different if you viewed it through the certainty of God’s love? Try it and see. Then trust, pray, and rest. 

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1). 

 One of my favorite songs about God’s love is David Crowder’s “How He Loves Us.” I hope you carry its message with you all day long. If you’re reading by email, CLICK HERE to listen to David Crowder’s “How He Loves Us.”





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