My heart is very full dear friends. Tonight, my little Maggie (age 5) climbed up on my lap, threw her arms around my neck and said in her soft sweet voice, “I am so so glad you are my mommy!” I wish I had a magic wand to stop time. To freeze moments like those so they can stay fresh in my memory. I need to remember those sweet times because let’s face it — life is hard and cruel. And we can so very easily get wrapped up in the hard and cruel of life. But there is a side of life beyond that — a side that is full of joy, peace, hopefulness, and love.
I truly believe that God gave me children to help me understand the concept of Unconditional Love. Man, I would do anything for these kids of mine. Really, I would. Until my dying day I will love them with every part of my soul. They are beautifully and wonderfully made. Why is it so easy to think and know that about my kids, but sometimes, I can’t believe that same feeling exists between God and me. It is so easy to cut ourselves down with the “Not Good Enough” thoughts. You know the ones I mean — not patient enough, not skinny enough, not loving enough, not tolerant enough, not helpful enough, not thoughtful enough — I mean really, the list can go on and on. And this list can wreck us.
But God loves us ALL of the time. Not just sometimes, or when He’s in a good mood. Not just when He’s gotten enough sleep, or when all the bills are paid. Not just when the weather is perfect and there is nothing on the “to do” list. ALL THE TIME. You see, He doesn’t put any parameters or conditions on His love. He loves us through the good, bad and ugly — through the times we don’t feel very lovable.
Nothing. Nadda. Zippo. Zilch. Zero.
Now that is peace I can rest in. That is the kind of love that I want to have in my life. And God, my heavenly Father is the one who can provide it — and DOES. He loves all of us so very much, with that never-ending kind of love. He loves us so much that he sent His child to die for US. Just let that sink in. I don’t know if I could survive giving one of my children up to be a sacrifice, especially if their life was going to pay the price for someone else’s sin. That would be beyond difficult to do. But God did it for YOU and for ME.
So I pray for you all friends, that during Easter, you remember what this day of celebration is really about — God’s unfailing LOVE for you. Ask Him into your heart. Let Him take away all the garbage and damage and ugly — He will instead replace it with that peace, joy, hopefulness and love. The feeling of Him coming into your heart will be like nothing you have ever experienced. I promise. Let Him lead you and love you — for who you are right now is good enough. You are fearfully and wonderfully made by a Creator who loves you to the moon.
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lords holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19