“He found him in a desert land and in the wasteland, a howling wilderness; He encircled him, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye.”
A couple of Fridays ago I had to go down to Camp McPherson to pick kids up from Kid’s Camp. When I got back to the church, one of my good friends Tammy was waiting to pick up her daughter, Allie. Tammy, who is very close to her, had struggled with not being able to talk with her all week. Allie, in the meantime had a wonderful time.
Tammy said to me as she was waiting for Allie to get out of the van, “Ok – I have to get my cool mom face on.” (You know how kids are…no scenes allowed in front of their friends…no gushing or being emotional). What happened next still brings me to tears. Allie took one look at her mom and went running and jumped in her arms and buried her head in her mom’s neck – and there she stayed for quite awhile.
As I texted Tammy later, I told her what a great job Mike and she were doing with Allie. It is obvious that Allie feels loved, safe, and protected. She is this strong, confident little girl who is able to go away to camp for a week, have a great time and return stronger and closer to God. Her parents have taught her the way we are supposed to be: interdependent, not independent. That exchange between mother and daughter reminded me of how we are supposed to be with God. When we know that we are loved, saved, and protected there is nothing we cannot do. There is no adventure or challenge too big for us to face because when we know that we are cherished that even if we fail – at the end of the day – we can run and jump into the arms of God and bury our heads in His neck – gaining our strength and energy to venture out again and conquer the giants in our lives and to live our lives wide-open, to the fullest, dependent on God and others He places in our lives.
Knowing and living loved like that makes us fearless! Kids who grow up feeling safe, loved and protected will grow up to be fearless adults and attempt great things with their lives. Christians who know that they are safe, loved, and protected will attempt to do great things for God. I want to live loved like that!