I had one of those moments yesterday that made me, yet again, so grateful to be serving such a great God.
Driving home from class after a near total collapse during the day, a caller on K-Love's afternoon show mentioned that she was so thankful to be a child of God. No further elaboration. No special emphasis. Nothing. But it hit me like a ton of bricks.
In His eyes, I am a child.
I'm a child and it is okay if I mess up because that's what children do.
They aren't perfect. They make mistakes. They drop the ball. They make B's. They forget things. They shatter their favorite glass mixing bowl.
But they're children.
Grown ups don't expect them to be perfect. Grown ups don't hold it against them. Grown ups may get frustrated and shake their head but deep down they knew it would happen. Grown ups don't hold grudges. Grown ups just swoop children up in their arms, forgive them, and continue loving them.
That's what our God is.
We don't disappoint Him every time we fall short and make a mistake. He isn't mad at us, because we are His children. He knows each and every morning that we will not love Him, others, or ourselves perfectly throughout the day. We just aren't capable of it.
Because we are children. Making mistakes is expected of us, because we aren't made to be perfect. We are made to be forgiven. And it's going to be okay.
The Bible doesn't call us His buddies, or His equals, or His 'adult friends' because that is not what we are. We are His children because that's the kind of love that we require. The love that you can only love a child with. The love that wipes away mistakes and disappointments. The love that says "It's alright, just let me give you a hug." The love that says "It's going to be okay, I will pick up the broken pieces." The love that says "It's okay that you don't know, because I'm here to teach you." The love that says "I still think you're great."
And He simply wants our love in return. The love that children show to a stranger. The love that children show to someone who has hurt them. The love that children live out each and every day. The love with which children blindly love and trust their parents.
That's all He is asking.
Isn't that just the best thing you've ever heard?