I’ve often said, the night she was born I experienced that overwhelming love that I think only a parent can understand. Those of you who are parents will likely understand what I mean. I had heard it described, but never quite experienced it myself until I laid eyes on the gorgeous little blue eyed princess God entrusted to us. That overwhelming love parents feel for their children is often portrayed as the rare occasion when we get a sense of how God feels when He looks at us.
However, in recent months, as Charlotte has approached her second birthday, Erin and I have begun to experience some other, less enjoyable feelings that inevitable complete the package of parenthood – feelings like stress, worry, frustration, and a healthy dose of patience.
Being a parent of a two year old is not easy. I’ve come to realize in these recent months, as Charlotte has approached the “terrible twos,” just how much patience God has with us. There are moments when it takes all the strength I’ve got to maintain my composure with a single toddler more interested in throwing her food on the floor than eating with her family. It’s impossible to know how God can watch us throw the proverbial food He offers on the floor billions of times over and not get sick of us. For all the whining, complaining, and refusing to listen we do on a daily basis, it’s a miracle God hasn’t just walked out on us, let alone sent His son to die for us.
I love what the writer of Lamentations writes in Lamentations 3:22-23, “The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.”
If you read all of Lamentations, you’d find that it’s not exactly an encouraging read, but it all kind of climaxes here in the third chapter. In a beautifully poetic way, the entire book centers on this declaration that no matter how bad life gets, no matter how far we seem to be from Him, God’s love STILL never fails us, His grace and mercy never ceases. If that’s not good news, I don’t know what is.
So, no matter how far you may have fallen this week, no matter how bad things may seem, remember that God’s patience and mercy and love knows no bounds. He loves you just as you are. Embrace Him. Love Him. Just like most parents are quick to forget those difficult moments with a simple hug from their children, that’s pretty much all God’s waiting for from us as well.