01 March 2019
It’s the middle of the night and I hear a little voice down the hall saying “Daddy, Daddy…ta…Daddy Daddy…ta”. I drag myself out of bed and into the dark. My first step lands on an Octonaut action figure left on the floor, and I stagger around in the dark for a moment clutching my foot in pain. I turn on the light and walk into the bedroom down the hall. There in her crib is my beautiful little 22 month old baby girl. She’s wide awake, and greets sleepy, droopy-eyed dad with a big smile and a giggle. “Daaaaddddy!” I pick her up and she points toward the bathroom and says “ta”. I sleepily comply and off we go for a glass of water. She takes a big drink and says, “ah duh” which means she’s had enough, so we head back into her room. Now she points to the rocking chair and says “lok peas” and so of course what else can I do but rock … I am totally wrapped around her finger.
So there I sit in the middle of the night rocking my wide awake little girl. She pushes on my chin, knowing that this will cause my tongue to pop out of my mouth. She giggles and pushes on my nose and back in the mouth it goes. Giggling gleefully this game continues…out, in, out, in. Oh wow, this is sooo much fun … at 2am. The funny thing is, there is no place I’d rather be. As she finally puts her head on my shoulder and starts to fall asleep I say “I love you bug” and she says “ah wuh u”. As I sit there in the rocking chair at 2am, I wonder, how is it that I love this little girl so much. It’s crazy really. The moment I met her, my heart felt as though it was beating outside my chest. This crazy overwhelming beautiful love is like a fountain coming out of me, and sometimes it does … tears flow simply out of love for no reason other than love … how can it be? And then to think that the Bible tells us that God loves us even more than this. In fact it says that God is the definition of love. “Whoever lives in love, lives in God and God in them, for God is love!” 1 John 4:16. “See 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. In the dark night of the soul when I call out in despair for help, He answers. His promise is “Call to me and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3.
There is nothing I won’t do to be there for my little girl … I would go to the ends of the earth to find her if she were lost, and I will do anything I can to be sure that she is protected, clothed, fed, safe and most of all loved. I feel the same about all my kids, and I know each of you do too. And to think, that these little munchkins didn’t do a thing to earn this love … all they did was show up.
The love we feel for our kids, is a picture of the incredible love that God feels for us. He demonstrated that love by sending His only Son to die on a cross for you and me. “For God loved the world so much that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life ... Greater love has no man than this, than to lay down his life for his friends … God demonstrates His love for us, in that while we were still Sinners, Christ died for us.” How profound that there is a God in heaven who would go to such great lengths to save his kids, and what did we do to earn that love ... nothing, we just showed up.
It’s 2.30am now and she’s gone to sleep, or so I thought. I gently place her back in her crib, and suddenly she turns her head and looks up at me with bright eyes, “I wuh you daddy. Gu nite” Oh wow! I just got played. Be still my beating heart. “I love you too bug.” Waterworks!
“How deep the Fathers love for us. How vast beyond all measure. That He should give His only Son to make a wretch His treasure. It was my sin that held Him there until it was accomplished. His dying breath has brought me life, I know that it is finished. Why should I gain from His reward, I cannot give an answer. But this I know with all my heart. His wounds have paid my ransom.”
God loves you! Have a great weekend loving and being loved.