It’s these moments that can tug on a mother’s heart until it burns. Yet when it comes to our children, I’ve learned it never stretches far enough to break. It may lose its shape for awhile, but mostly our hearts just grow to fit it all in.
And I see his bottom lip give way to a quiver. His long lashes flutter repeatedly due to the frustration. It takes all I have in me not to scoop his four year-old frame right up and pour on the kind of love that tickles and makes you giggle until you burst into hiccups.
We parents learn another kind of love, though. The kind that is so big it goes hidden from the ones we love most until they are able to look back in hindsight and see its magnitude. Never has there been a greater understatement than that which they call Tough Love.
Fragments are bouncing off his lips now as he tries to put what he’s experiencing into words.
Love surges as I share with him what I see. What I know he is capable of. How far he has grown already and how close he is to getting this next step down. And although the solution may seem simple in my eyes looking down, I know exactly what he means.
For how many times have I been on my knees, wailing my failures? How many times have I asked forgiveness from the same offense? How many times have I sought the Lord with tear stained cheeks of regret? How many times have I doubted I’ll ever get it right?
While talking this over during my prayer time, I recalled a Proverb I had read a few days back.
For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again,
but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.
I scrambled for my Bible to read it again. And as I was trying to recall who sang the song rolling through my head, I heard His whisper:
“I believe in you, beloved.”
Oh friends, sometimes I get so caught up in my unbelief. I get so wrapped up in my faith that I forget…God believes in you and me.
- He believes we can get up again when we fall. (Proverbs 24:16)
- He believes we’ll have trouble, but will overcome with Him in the end. (John 16:33)
- He believes we were worth the price He paid for us. (John 3:16)
Maybe that’s simply what love looks like. Maybe love is the glue that holds our fragmented pieces together, allowing grace to polish us clean. Maybe love is drive that keeps us going. Because:
- Love never gives up.
- Love never loses hope.
- Love never regrets failures.
- For love never does. (I Cor. 13)
Oh how He loves us.
Friend, God believes in you. He does.
If we were together right now, I’d have you look into the mirror and say that out loud until it sunk in.
God believes in you because He loves you.
And I don’t know about you, but that’s enough for me.
How about you, friend? What motivates you to keep going? What do you do when you fall? I’d love to hear.