Thursday, September 24, 2015

What Johnny (and His Mom) Need to Learn

How long, O Lord?  Will you forget me forever?  How long will you hide your face from me?

I hear the fear in his voice.
When he wakes up from his nap and I am not in the room.  When he can't locate me in the house, even if it's only been 10 seconds.  It only takes about 5 more seconds for the fear to turn to panic.  

Mommy?  MOMMY?!
I'm here, Johnny.  Mommy is here.  Mommy will always be here. 

Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

You don't need to be afraid.  

My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand.

You are mine.  You are My Johnny.

I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

I love you forever.  I am not going to leave you.

I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know that this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

He is learning not to be afraid.
To trust my love.
To trust my presence.
To believe his status as a son.

In doing so, I see the picture of myself and the Father who adopted me.  I think of the times I have doubted His presence, His love, my status as His daughter.  He is saying the exact same things to me as I am telling my son.  And I know I am learning too, just like Johnny.

Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and and have no compassion on the child she has borne?  Though she may forget, I will not forget you!

God's love is infinity stronger, better, and longer-lasting than mine.  Why do I doubt?

Psalm 13:1, Matthew 28:20, Isaiah 49:15, John 10:29, Ephesians 3:17-19, John 14:18

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