Key Verse: Galatians 4:6, “Now because you are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts to cry out, “Abba! Father!”
On Tuesday evenings I get the wonderful honor of bringing my sweet 9 year old girl to her cheerleading practices. She absolutely loves going and I absolutely love watching every stomp of her feet, clap of her hands and moving completely opposite of the other girls. THAT right there shows how much she is just like her mother, lol. We move to our own rhythm and beat.
On one particular night I stood there watching her and every so often she would stop to turn around to just look at me. She didn’t wave or anything but she kept wanting to make eye contact and would get this huge beautiful grin on her face when our eyes met. It was in this moment I had a little talk with Jesus.
I whispered, “Thank You, Jesus, for my sweet girl.” I wasn’t expecting anything really to happen. I was just feeling so blessed and thankful. I was truly caught up in this moment with her, but then I heard His wonderful voice answer back. It was as though we were standing face to face when He spoke directly to my heart and said so sweetly, “She loves you.” Instantly tears filled my eyes and I didn’t care if anyone thought I was the crazy mom crying. I was so at peace. I had a very rough day at work so every time my daughter looked at me it chiseled all my frustrations away bit by bit. God knew I needed this moment.
You see, my girl, I know she loves me and I love her. There’s never been that doubt, but I will never forget the way she looked at me this night. As I was talking with Jesus, He said something so simple yet it was so powerful. The words showed me how He wants our love, our attention. He said, “I look at my children the way you look at yours. I love them. I’m proud of them. I rejoice with them in their accomplishments and I cry when they are hurting.” But it was the last sentence He spoke that truly touched me. He said, “My prayer is that each of them looks at me the way she looks back at you.” When He said that I put my hand to my heart and let out a deep sigh and I said,” I’m so sorry ” I know I don’t go to Him always and I know it must break His heart when we put Him on the back burner in certain areas of our life.
We are all His children and He loves us beyond comprehension. I knew He was saying in that moment He wants us to love Him, to lean on Him, to go to Him for anything and everything, to depend on His guidance as we walk this earth and help us with all that we endure. And like my daughter lovingly looked at me, He wants us to keep our eyes on Him, our Heavenly Father.
When we turned on the car to leave practice that night a song had just started and my daughter and I turned up the music real loud and with the windows down we sang away. As I was driving down a long stretch of road I looked over at my girl who had her head resting back in her seat with her eyes closed and arms in the air praising Jesus. I knew at that moment her eyes were on Him and I prayed they always will be.
Ladies, I can’t express how much He loves you. But you know what? He will do whatever it takes to grasp our attention. He speaks on His love for us over and over in the Bible, He shows us daily in little and big ways. He even reminded me right there when I least expected it at cheerleading practice that evening. And I knew He wanted me to tell you how much YOU are loved by the King of kings!! You are a child of God.
Heavenly Father, may we let it seep into our hearts Your undying love that You have for each of us. Sometimes we make our relationship with You so hard when in all honesty it’s as easy as the way a parent loves their own child. Help us to keep our eyes and our hearts focused on You. And Lord if we turn away for a moment help us to turn back to You. Lord, I pray for each of the wonderful ladies reading this that they feel Your presence. Love on them and let them know You are there with them through it all. It is an honor to be a child of the King! Thank You, Lord, for everything! In Your precious and wonderful name. Amen
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