I Understand! (Psalms 103:13)

It was the first month since my daughter was born. I was alone for the first time with her while my wife was working that Saturday morning. I had finished her bottle feeding and she was now sleeping in my lap. As I rested in the solitude of the moment, an epiphany struck as my thoughts drifted toward my mother. I immediately picked up the phone and called her.


“Hi Mom. Just sitting here with my daughter and I thought of you.”


“Oh? That’s sweet. How is my new granddaughter?”


“She’s fine.” I paused for a moment as I pictured my mother on the other end of the phone. “I understand, Mom!”


The hesitation on the phone was palpable. “Understand…what?”


“I understand the bond that a parent has for their own child…and I just wanted to say, ‘Thank you!’ “


“You are welcome, son!” My mother chuckled as she sensed that I was truly humbled by the gravity of my new relationship. “I love you, too!” She understood as well.


As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.

Psalms 103:13 (ESV)


Why did God create us? Did He need us? Surely He wasn’t lonely? Sometimes, I err on the misguided notion that my emotions and needs must be similar to God, after all, am I not made in His image? All humans possess some of the attributes of God such as a soul and a free will, but God does not embody the weaknesses that I possess. He is not lonely nor is he bored. He is without sin. God is love, and love is incomplete unless it is shared with another.


God created us because He chose to share the Creation He loves with another being who could freely choose to love Him. Love is a choice and just as my parents chose to have me and my wife and I chose to have our children, God chose to share His love with His children.


I understand and someday, in Heaven, I will completely understand the unfathomable depth and breadth of His love for me and all who confess and repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. The love we learn from our relationships on this earth will continue throughout eternity.


Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.


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