The waffle iron was hot, and the table was set. I just needed my daughters to arise from their slumber, so we could have breakfast. I found open eyes as I entered one daughter’s room. She was awake, and she was enjoying the comfort of her bed. I leaned over to kiss her and said, “Sweetheart. I love you.” Her response warmed my heart, “I know.” I love my daughter, and she knows it. Somehow, in the midst of my shortcomings, she is still convinced that I love her. I consider that a parenting victory.
This little episode started me thinking about Father God and His love for me. I know that God loves me… or do I? I mean, I say it and I sing songs about it. God loves me, but do I really believe it? Do I have peace knowing God loved me even before I was able to love Him (Romans 5:8)? Or do I allow my heart to fear that God’s love is in any way conditional? And how will I respond to the next tragedy in my life? Will I shake my fist at heaven, or will I confidently trust God’s love in the midst of pain?
God’s love is not dependent on the extent of my faith. Feelings come and go, but God’s love is steady and secure. God loves whether I feel it or not, and so I must actively submit to the love of God. Submit my pain and suffering to my heavenly Father who loves me. Submit my hands and feet in service to the God of love. Even submit my heart to welcome His forgiveness and joyfulness in me when I feel like an absolute failure.
The late Rich Mullins said, “I grew up hearing everyone tell me ‘God loves you’. I would say big deal, God loves everybody. That don’t make me special! That just proves that God ain’t got no taste. And, I don’t think He does. Thank God! Because He takes the junk of our lives and makes the most beautiful art.”
Will you join me in submitting to the love of God? Let us live as though God’s love were really real.
1 John 4:9-10 – God showed how much He loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. This is real love–not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.