Out of the Mouth of Babes
A few days ago Jonathan and I were in the car when he said: “Mom, God loves me more than you.”
I smiled and told him: “Yes, He does. Mommy and Daddy love you a whole lot but God loves you even more.”
This struck me as an amazing and wise statement. And this came from my 6 yr old son.
No matter how much I may love my children (and I love them more than words can say) God loves them more.
They are His before they are mine and He does love them more than I ever can.
Sing to my Babies
One of the first songs I sang to each of my babies was “Jesus Love Me”. Such a simple little song with such an important message.
One that I think is easier for a child to accept than it is for us.
“Jesus loves me this I know” a child doesn’t ask why God loves him. He just accepts and knows God does.
As we get older we might ask “why does God love me?”
Maybe even feel like we don’t deserve His love.
The truth is we don’t deserve His love. We are sinful people who fall short of His perfection.
But listen to what the song says next “for the Bible tells me so”.
Sometimes called God’s love letter the Bible does just that and tells of God’s great love for us.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. -John 3:16
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. -Romans 5:8
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 3:1
Walk in Faith
So, what does this mean for me?
Well, in the last few weeks two of my kids have been diagnosed with some issues.
My oldest and youngest have hearing loss. They will be getting hearing aids, for both ears, soon.
In addition to this Jonathan has also been diagnosed with Selective Mutism.
He is physically able to talk (and does a million miles an hour at home) but due to high anxiety doesn’t talk in a group or whenever a lot of attention is on him.
It’s been a rough few weeks for this Mama.
I told a friend “now, each of my 3 kids has at least one major issue going on with him/her.
I feel like a ‘great’ mom, not.
Can I curl up on the couch with my blankie and eat a tub of ice cream now?”
(because Ice Cream makes everything better).
My heart breaks that my children have to live with what they do.
I am thankful for my friends who let me cry to them in these moments. Right now I am even more grateful for two voices that continue to lift my spirit up and point me to God.
One often reminds me (because I need to be told this more than once) that My God is right here with me, I am not alone in this.
Another reminds me this will all be for their good in the end but that it will take time to feel that way.
I am so thankful for her perspective and wisdom.
My son’s words they remind me that God does love these kids more than I ever can.
“Mom, God loves me more than you.”
They are His before they are mine
Because I believe this to be true I know that I can trust Him with the plans and paths that He has for them.
This is not an easy path but He has prepared the way,
He walks with me every step (even when I don’t like where I need to go)
and this will all lead to them being able to live a little better.
They are His before they are mine.
Father, you are a Good Father. Thank you that you are not just my heavenly Father but these children, you have blessed me with, they are yours too. No matter how much I love them, you love them more. You know this time has been hard and full of hard things to hear and do. In the end, this will be good for them but it will take time to feel that way. Don’t let me forget that you have not left me alone you, are right here with me. You are My Good shepherd that leads me to the mountain tops and into the valleys. I need your strength as I continue to move forward one step at a time. Give me comfort and peace because I am yours. Remind me these are yours before they are mine and you take care of them.
In Jesus Name, Amen