“Mommy, do you love me?”
It startled me at first because I try to tell my hubby and kids a LOT that I love them.
Hmmm- I placed my hands on her cheeks, making sure she had full eye contact with me, and then I said with a huge smile, slowly and very emphatically,
“Of course I love you Bethie. But I not only LOVE you- pause- I adore you!”
Pure Relief- then the shining delight in her eyes. The giggle of embarrassment. The little jig of glee and excitement!
“Awwwww Momma, thanks!”
and away she went, filled and complete in the knowledge and assurance of her momma’s unconditional love.
And so it is with God.
We may not verbalize our question to Him-
The Bible tells us He loved us before we loved Him!! It promises us that NOTHING can separate us from His love. We're promised that He loves us with an everlasting love and His love never fails.
It is His Father’s heart to pour out His unconditional love to His children. He speaks to us in a million miniscule ways- through the beautiful faithfulness of sunrise and sunset, the sweet fragrance of wild flowers, setting music in all of nature, the stars twinkling His message of creation, people He has brought in our lives to show us love, and His Word and Holy Spirit that reveal His presence and goodness to us, His children.
Even when He has to correct us; discipline us- guide us- lead us- turn us around to go the right direction- let us face life consequences- even then- we should know- His Father’s heart is holding us and saying what I say to Bethany-
“Of course child of mine. I not only LOVE you- I Treasure you—–My love for you will never change- it is an everlasting love that will endure forever.”