Your child. Your sweetie. Your little one. A parent’s love for their children is almost indescribable. We love with nurturing kindness. We encourage with heartfelt enthusiasm. We comfort with a gentle touch. Our kisses heal boo-boos. Our songs bring on sleep. Although we are gentle at times, we also protect with the ferocity and strength of a lion and provide with everything we have.
Isn’t it amazing how much you can know about your children? When they are babies we know their smell (clean and otherwise)! As toddlers, we truly understand their jibber-jabber, or at least we make a grand attempt at deciphering. “Did he say poo-poo or boo-tiful?” We recognize backwards E’s and wobbly writing as our youngster’s handwriting develops. We can spot our own child’s call in a crowded park. We take pride in their smeary finger painting and hang their artwork on the fridge. Their smooches melt our hearts. We understand the looks on their faces. Their love fills us with joy. We can’t imagine anyone loving our sweetie more than we do.
Wrap your mind around this: there is someone. Our Heavenly Father, the Ultimate Father, loves your child more than you do.
When I first tried to fathom and understand this, I was worrying about a visit my children were having away from home. A dear friend reminded me that God protects our sweeties more than we ever possibly could. “Do you think you can worry more than God can handle?” she asked me. Now I don’t know about you, but I can worry with the best of them. I worry about finances. I worry about food, (too much and too little). I worry about weight and hair. I worry about educating my children. I worry about their safety and their spirituality. Any of these sound familiar? But worry is fear. Worried fear is not from God. It isn’t. He wants us to trust Him, especially in situations where we are separated from our children. God loves them and promises their protection. In faith, trust Him. Pray to Him when it gets hard. He knows. He understands our hearts when we drop off our children somewhere. He dropped off His child too.
God loves your children and guess what? You are His child too. Just like you know and love your kids, He knows and loves you! “And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” (Matthew 10:30) He understands your wants and needs. He recognizes your work, just like the wobbly lettering. He hears your calls just like in the crowded park. He takes pride in your accomplishments and your love also fills Him with joy.
Isn’t it cool to think about what a fabulous parent God is? God comforts us with warm sunshine on our face. He heals with grace and the promise of a fresh day. His songs bring peaceful slumber. “He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.” (Psalm 23:2-3) He protects us and provides for us. Who loves ya’ baby? Rejoice! God does! ❤