I recently wrote this for our church in Australia and thought I'd share it here as it's been a while since we've updated this blog. The original post is HERE.
As I rocked one of our twins back to sleep one night a single word was brought to my mind: cherish. The word for June. I reflected on all of the Lord’s provisions in my life and thought about all that I have to cherish, including our most recent double blessing, twin girls. I stared at them and my heart swelled. While rocking my sweet baby girls I was overcome by all of the blessings in my life. The entire world was right and it was not possible for my heart to feel any fuller. Back and forth we moved as we were surrounded in total peace. This time is most definitely a cherished time.
I love the time I have where I can experience them one on one, holding them close and soaking up their presence. There is nothing they can do to make me love them any more and there is nothing they can do to make me love them any less. They have nothing to give and nothing to say; all they can do is just be.
This is how it should be in our relationship with God, our Father. Often times I neglect getting into the Word because I don’t have enough time to really dive into it so I don’t do it at all. I shy away from praying for others because I fear I don’t have the right words to say or I won’t make any sense. When I do this, I am missing the big picture: it’s not about words on a page or words spoken; it’s about spending time with Him.
The Lord doesn’t want my time spent with Him to be burdened; He wants it to be cherished time. In fact, He cherishes it more than I do. There is nothing I can do to make Him love me any more and there is nothing I can do to make Him love me any less. As I draw near to Him, He wants to hold me in His arms and surround me in total peace while he renews my mind and soul.
It’s been several years since I’ve been reminded of this parallel between parents and newborns, God and His children. However, this parallel isn’t just with newborns; my husband and I see it even as we parent our four-year-old son.
I love how He uses our every day lives and situations to give us a glimpse as to who He is and what He’s about. How humbling and truly awesome it is to know the Creator of the universe cherishes His time with us, regardless of our age and the season we’re in. That He would look at us and desire to soak up our presence is a concept I can barely wrap my mind around. I John 3:1 says, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” And as children of God we have unrestricted access to this cherished time with Him.