God’s grip is a funny thing. This occurred to me one night a few months back—enjoy reading or re-reading:
My youngest eats and then goes to bed. She is still nursing. I would like to think that these times are our special cuddle times. She would like to think that these are her times to be the boss. After she finishes her milk, I wanted to snuggle and rock with her for a bit. She wanted to be in her bed, singing and wiggling just a little more before drifting off.
As she leans away from me, my grip on her becomes tighter. She’s almost up-side-down, hanging from my arms, her little legs held tight.
She’s struggling for freedom; I am holding her tight, keeping her safe.
I find myself thinking about the times when I have leaned out or away from God. Times when I wanted to do my own thing so badly I put myself into a precarious situation. I know he was there protecting me the entire time. Allowing me the freedom to lean out over the dangerous abyss. Allowing me to feel as though I was falling. Yet, I was never alone. I was never in danger of jeopardizing my faith. No matter what I do, or don’t do, God’s love for me DOES NOT CHANGE.
So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:
They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.
We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us. -Selections from Romans 8: 31-39 Message
Lean out or lean in-either way, rest assured- nothing you do changes the love your Lord has for you. Enjoying the peace this truth brings,