Our friend Patrick is a first time dad. It is a magical thing to witness a parent’s affection and delight for their newborn. Truly it is nothing short of a miracle when God opens up unknown chambers of our hearts for children, and then floods those chambers with a love that is gripping, shocking, mysterious…heavenly.
Maeve Love was learning to giggle. So Patrick would hold her over his head and tickle her and she would giggle with delight. The more she giggled the more daddy wiggled and tickled his little darling. And so they carried on for several minutes.
Suddenly Patrick realized there were tears on his face. His own tears. He was so overcome with love and delight, so enamored with his child’s response that he was moved to tears of joy.
“Isn’t that beautiful?” Chuck said, his own eyes full of tears in the retelling.
“That’s how God feels about us.” I whispered.
We sat in a silent moment of wonder together, letting the truth of God’s affection soak deep in our bones. Every dream, hope, and desire we have for our children only mirrors what is in our Father’s heart.
Daddy is crazy about you, about us. He rejoices over us with singing, he delights in us. And when we really let go and enjoy his presence, really just get lost in his love- giggling, squealing even- it moves His heart too.
Let God love on you today. It will do you both good.