This morning I was reminded how precious my God is and how He really cares for us as a loving Father. My five year old daughter was getting out of the car to run into school. I say run because she only has one speed and walking is not one of them. I always wait in my car until she gets into the building and this morning wasn’t any different.
She saw a friend and started waving as she was running and didn’t notice she was coming into wet grass. At about 6o miles per hour she fell flat on her belly and slid as if she were closing in on home plate. I was watching from about twenty-five yards away, and I so badly wanted to yell “Safe!” As any loving mom would do, I rolled down my window and signaled her to come to me.
She was covered in grass from head to toe and the flood gates were opened. I took her into the car and brushed her off, wiped her tears and told her I would fix her up in no time. I never said, “Haven’t I told you not to run?” or “You should have been watching where you were going.” Instead, I just comforted her and loved on her.
Her pain and embarrassment will be enough to remind her what can happen when she disobeys. The Father we have in Jesus is so like the experience I had this morning. God does comfort us and nothing could change the love He has for His children. He doesn’t want us to experience pain and suffering, but He allows it so that we may grow and mature in obedience to him.
Just like my daughter, I hurt when I stumble and fall during the trials of life. But, just like her, I have a reassurance that my heavenly Father will always be there to pick me up, to brush me off, to wipe my tears, and to fix me up in no time. My assurance comes from God’s word which reminds us that God will never leave nor forsake us. What a wonderful promise we have in being called a child of God!
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.”
– 2 Corinthians 1:3 (NIV)
“Father, thank You for Your constant presence in my life. I am comforted knowing that nothing can separate me from Your love. Please help me remember You love me unconditionally and are there for me when I stumble. Help me to remember You are with me even when I…”