The 40-minute drive to work each morning is usually just enough time for me to listen to my some of my favorite podcasts. Yesterday morning, the sermon was just a bit longer than that though, so I made the long walk into the hospital enjoying my last few breaths of the crisp, fresh winter air with my earphones on. The talk was about who we are in Christ, and how much God loves us, and that His creation is a testimony to that every single day. The sermon ended, and as I approached the elevator, silently I prayed, “God, today will you just give me a glimpse of how much You love me? Just a glimpse!”
As the elevator door opened, there stood one of our doctors. I hadn’t seen her in a couple of months because she was off on maternity leave after having her first child. As always, her infectious smile was ear-to-ear, and she asked how I was. “I’m fine! And how are YOU??? And how’s the new baby???”
She was silent. But her smile grew, her eyes filled with tears, and she kind of fell back against the wall. Then she looked at me and said, “You know, Rita? I never imagined I could love anyone this much… Never, ever imagined this kind of love….” We hugged. I congratulated her. I stepped off of the elevator, and was a little teary-eyed myself. I knew that was an immediate response to my simple prayer.
We have no idea. We cannot even begin to imagine how much He loves us. We simply cannot.
1 John 4:19 says, “We love because he first loved us.”
This verse often has made me think, as a mother, my kids will never, ever understand how much I love them, that is, until they have children of their own, of their own flesh and blood. And yet, even knowing the love a parent has for their child, I am STILL completely unable to fathom the love God has for me. That is just mind-boggling to me….. But for that, I am so, so very thankful….
Enjoy this video. https://vimeo.com/16846698