My almost 2-year-old granddaughter captured my imagination with her beautiful dependence on her Mama. There was a house full of people and several times she felt a bit overwhelmed, so she just got closer to her Mama. When Mama went into the bathroom, she plastered her face against the door and called Mama? Mama? And when we were praying over her Mama, she planted her face in Mama’s lap, pressing in, in a beautiful picture of serene dependence. Even when eating and taking on foods she couldn’t chew and spitting it out and creating a mess, she knew she was loved and safe and Mama would clean her up and she wouldn’t have to sit in her mess for long.
What a picture of God’s love! When we feel overwhelmed by what’s around us, do we cry out to Him until we see His face again? Do we press our face into His lap to soak in His love and presence? Do we have confidence that when we make a mess He’ll clean us up and help us in our weakness? Do we lift our arms, look into His face and cry “Papa pick me up!” with every confidence that He will gladly do so?
I want to have such uncomplicated confident trust in the love of my Papa God that when life feels a bit much, my first thought is to run to His comfort, seek His face, climb into His lap and rest there–knowing He’ll take care of any mess I might have made.
Psalm 46:1-2a in the Passion Translation (TPT) says, “God, you’re such a safe and powerful place to find refuge! You’re a proven help in time of trouble—more than enough and always available whenever I need you. So we will never fear even if every structure of support were to crumble away….”
Lately I’ve been focused on the attribute of God that has captured me most: His great love for me. He is increasing my capacity to receive His love and it is such a beautiful and astonishing thing. After all these years I thought I had a handle on how much He loves me. Turns out there’s more! And more! And MORE! Bring it on!
1 John 4:18 say “Love never brings fear, for fear is always related to punishment. But
love’s perfection drives the fear of punishment far from our hearts. Whoever walks constantly afraid of punishment has not reached love’s perfection,” TPT.
I want to walk unafraid, fully loved, fully known. What a place of peace and rest! All those misgivings, doubts, questions of worthiness drop away in the light of His love and presence. When I run into His strong tower, into His secret hiding place I am loved, I am secure, I am safe, I am whole, I am at peace, I am accepted, I am known, I am healed, I am at rest.
Psalm 27:4-8 Here’s the one thing I crave from God, the one thing I seek above all else: I want the privilege of living with Him every moment in His house, finding the sweet loveliness of His face, filled with awe, delighting in His glory and grace. I want to live my life so close to Him that He takes pleasure in my every prayer. In His shelter in the day of trouble, that’s where you’ll find me, for He hides me there in His holiness. He has smuggled me into His secret place, where I’m kept safe and secure—out of reach from all my enemies. Triumphant now, I’ll bring Him my offerings of praise, singing and shouting with ecstatic joy! Yes, listen and you can hear the fanfare of my shouts of praise to the Lord! God, hear my cry. Show me Your grace. Show me mercy and send the help I need. Lord, when you said to me, “Seek My face”, my inner being responded, “I’m seeking Your face with all my heart,” TPT.