I overheard Meredith excitedly and proudly tell Mommy that "Dad drew a Christmas tree for my card!" Lauren chimed in, "He drew a reindeer for me!"
It hit me in such a strange and sweet way. I'm their Dad, and they are my children. Obviously, this is not new news. But somehow, it touch my heart- I felt a sense of love and pride in this fact. I'm their Dad and I love them just because they are my girls. It's arguably the purest kind of love there is.
God loves you like that. He loves you just because you are His. One of the hardest things for us to accept is unconditional love. We believe we have to earn it. I struggled for many years trying to please Him. Many of us grew up trying to please our earthly parents. However, some earthly parents are better at unconditional love than others. And no earthly parent is like God.
As a result, we mistakenly impute this earthly relationship to God. When I did something good, I believed He was proud of me. This, in turn, meant that His love for me increased. When I did something bad, I believed He was disappointed in me. This would mean that His love for me decreased.
The truth is that God loves you, no matter what. He reconciled with you through Jesus. He loves you the same way I love Meredith and Lauren. No matter what they do, they are my children. And I love them because of that.
When we deviate from His will for us, there is typically a consequence or struggle. That's because His will is perfect; his plan for our lives is perfect. When we go our own way, it's like taking an unnecessary detour- painful, difficult, and stressful. When we stay on the right road, the travel is effortless. Either way, His love for us remains constant and unwavering. It's unconditional.
He's your Dad.
He loves you.
No matter what.