Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Just Sleeping

I snuck into the room, hoping to remain undetected. I couldn’t help myself; it wasn’t the first time it happened, and I knew it wouldn’t be the last, either.

I sat there for a time, just watching my son sleep. He was only 3 weeks old, but already more precious that I can describe. Blue-eyed with wispy blonde hair, it was amazing to look at him and reconcile that this little person was the very child I had so recently carried inside of my own body; the baby that God, in His infinite, amazing, faithful grace, had chosen to bless me with.

sleeping baby 2

I could think of nothing I would rather be doing than to simply enjoy the gentle in-and-out of his breathing. An overwhelming sense of love, fierce and protective, swelled and grew within me. It filled my heart to the point of pain, bursting with joy and gratitude at the gift He was.

Ironically, he really wasn’t doing anything to earn that kind of response. He was just sleeping, yet I loved him with every fiber of my being simply because he’s my son, and I am his mother. I still feel that way about him today.

God loves me with that the same kind of love. It is fierce, and constant, and undeniable. I haven’t done anything to earn it, and I certainly don’t deserve it. Yet, I cannot lose it. His love for me will never change, and never waver, because it is unconditional.

He loves me simply because He is my Father, and I am his daughter.

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!                                                                                 1 John 3:1a

I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.                                                                                                                      Jeremiah 31:3

Further reflection:

1. If you have children, did you ever wander into their rooms at night, just to watch them sleep?

2. What were the emotions you felt?

3. How is that, in small part, a reflection of God’s love for you?

Father, You are a perfect parent. If I love my own kids with such deep feelings, how much more do You love me! Thank You for Your unfailing, unconditional, and unwavering love. I love You, Father, and would be lost without You.

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