Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Leaning on Daddy

 

Tiny…precious…yet already she loves her daddy.

Little Elsie Joelle was born 13 ½ weeks early (http://www.aneverydayvoice.com/2013/08/be-strong-be-brave.html) . Not the most auspicious start, but she has been a work of God’s grace from the start. Look at this picture:

Elsie and Kyle

 

I love it!

Kyle’s expression reflects how much he loves his little girl, and his simple joy of being with her. That’s the face of a dad who delights in his daughter!

Elsie’s little hand clings to Kyle. She is all snuggled in, warmed by her daddy’s body heat, and the picture of trust. She’s so relaxed that her heartbeat and respirations actually slow when she’s with him. She knows her daddy, loves being cocooned with him, and is so at peace that she squeaks out a little cry of protest when she leaves the shelter of his warmth to return to her incubator.

Elsie seems to know how much her daddy loves her. She doesn’t doubt it; it just is.

Only two weeks old, she is already teaching me.

That I make knowing my Father harder than it needs to be. That it is when I cocoon myself with Him that I can most be at rest. That He loves me far more than I love Him. That I never need to doubt it.

It just is.

Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands…                                     Isaiah 49:15-16a

Further reflection:

  1. Do you find it hard to trust God as your Father?
  2. Why, or why not?
  3. If you are a parent, how does your love for your kids teach you about God’s love for you?

Father, I know You love me, but sometimes I forget. I forget that I don’t have to earn it—I can’t. I forget that I can always come to You—I don’t. I forget that You delight in me just because I’m Your daughter. Please, teach me to have the simple trust in You that Elsie has in her daddy.

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