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Ok, I just have to say. After I wrote my post for August 6th, I got stuck on that picture of my baby boy twenty-nine years ago. So I’ve got a few words to say about that. (I know you’re surprised.)
What is that little bundle doing in that picuture? He’s looking at his mama.
Now I know that doctors say newborns can’t focus their eyes right at first, but I’m not buying it. Steven is looking at me! And he’s waiting for me to look at him.
This brings me to the thought of how babies, children, and you and me long for approval. We want to know that someone sees us, cares about us, and loves us.
Have you ever been in a grocery store line, behind someone with a baby in the buggy? What is that baby doing? She is looking around, panning the crowd, trying to find someone who will look at her. If you lock eyes with that bundle of love, then she will stare at you until you look away. That baby will stare you down.
If that baby could talk, she’d say…Do you see me? Am I important to you? Do you care about me? Do I matter?
And isn’t that what we all want to know? Sure, we grow up and learn not to flat out ask that question out loud. But we still ask it in our hearts.
So here’s what I want you to know today. If I were sitting with you, I’d look you right in the eye and say it.
God loves you.
God cares about you.
God sees you.
You are important to Him.
Here’s a verse I want you to ponder today: “‘Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenent of peace be removed,’ says the LORD, who has compassion on you” (Isaiah 54:10 NIV).
That word “compassion” is the Hebrew word racham, which means “to soothe; to cherish; to love deeply like parents.” Now here’s the best part of the difinition in my Hebrew dictionary: “small babies evoke this feeling.”
And that’s exactly how God feels about you today!
On a scale of 1-10, how well do you know that you are loved by God today? Leave me a comment…be honest.
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