My son has a daily routine with my wife. He will hug her and then attempt to fix her hair to make sure it is not in her face. Then, during the day, if he notices her hairs are out of place, he will alert her and cry out, “Mom! Mom! Your hair!”
My wife has dubbed my son, The Hair Police! At first, it was amusing but after a while, it became a bit of a distraction. But when we attempted to stop our son, his disappointment clearly showed on his face. So, the Hair Police is always patrolling in our home, although with a slightly lesser frequency.
My son has difficulty expressing himself with words. But his affection and devotion toward others are definitely on display by his actions. All of us have different ways to express our affection but sometimes the way we express it is not to the expectations of the recipient. A healthy relationship recognizes these differences and works to communicate love in the manner that is most pleasing to the recipient.
What about my relationship with God? It is easy to accept God’s love when He is allows me to prosper or surrounds me with loving family and friends. My puerile and simple mind can only accept a God who showers me with pleasure and happiness. But God communicates His love to me in infinitely more complex ways, far surpassing my wildest imaginings. I am unappreciative and ignorant when God has expressed His love to me through painful or even annoying circumstances. How can that be God’s love? Perhaps a wiser question should be, “How is this not God’s love?”
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:8-9 (ESV)
In a span of three years, my mother and father passed away. The experiences left me quite shaken and I wrote many blogs recounting my anguish. Where was God’s love in this? He refocused my life and impressed upon me the brevity of our existence and the need for everyone to know that there is a God who loves all of us. He emboldened me to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through many more internet blogs, in emails to colleagues, and in random conversations with friends.
Like my son’s attention to his mother, God continues to express His love to me in unexpected and unanticipated ways. Thanks be to God that He does!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.