Monday, February 11, 2013
The Truth of God's Love - M. Laycock
“Did you call her?”
I shook my head. “No.”
“Mom!” My daughter sounded exasperated.
“I don’t want her to think I’m a hovering, over-protective mother.” I tried to defend my reasons for not calling our youngest daughter who had just moved away from home and begun a new career. I’d been anxiously awaiting a phone call from her telling us how it was going, but had heard nothing.
“But she won’t think that,” my older and wiser daughter insisted. “We all love you and we want you to call. If you don’t we think you don’t love us, that you don’t care.”
I called her that night. She had sent me three text messages that hadn’t gotten through and was very happy to hear from me. Things were indeed going well and she was happy to tell me all about it.
This incident made me think about my lack of communication with God. Sometimes I don't pray because I think my requests are too insignificant compared to the needs of others. Sometimes I hold back because I doubt that He has time for me. And sometimes I'm afraid He might even reject me. After all, I'm a frail and failing human. I know I disappoint Him continually. How could he possibly love me?
These are the lies the evil one whispers. I am prone to believe them. But then I read His word, His love letter to me, and the truth draws me back.
"Consider the ravens: they do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!" (Luke 12:24).
"Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands" (Deuteronomy 7:9).
"Praise to the Lord, for he showed his wonderful love to me... (Psalm 31:21).
"Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies" (Psalm 36:5).
"The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:8).
Over and over again the scripture tells us that God loves us, not because of what we have done, or how holy we are, or how beautiful or how wise, but because we are His children. He is pictured as a bird that gathers her chicks under its wing, and as a mighty God who sends his angels to stand guard over us.
And, as all parents who love their children know, He wants us to come to Him with our heart's cry, to pour out the pain we feel and the joy. He wants to be part of our lives, to help and to guide. He loves us. Even when we fail, even when we disappoint, even when we turn away from Him. He loves us. Period.
"Whoever is wise, let him heed these things and consider the great love of the Lord" (Psalm 107:43).
Marcia Laycock writes from central Alberta Canada where she lives with her pastor husband and two golden retrievers. Visit her website to learn more about her writing/speaking ministry.
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