2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
According to Scripture, the will of a good father is that all of His children - no matter how vile, destructive, perverse, or sinful - would run into His open arms of love through repentance, finding salvation. ~Christa Black Gifford, Heart Made Whole
As I read Chapter Four, The Reconciled Heart, in Gifford's book, Heart Made Whole, I am particularly moved by an anecdote she relates of her then three-year-old son, Moses,' preference of parents. Moses is for all things "mommy" - from being buckled into his car seat to being snuggled first thing in the morning.
Although her husband, Luke, "takes Moses to the park, rides bikes to get ice cream, and plays with him for hours to develop attachment and relationship - being more engaged as a father than I've ever seen in an earthly man," still, Moses favors Mom every time.
Luke, to say the least, is disheartened and discouraged. Wouldn't any of us feel this way when the child we love and nurture seems to care little for our ministrations?
As our oldest granddaughter, Virginia Rose, is growing up, my daughter, Sarah, is working outside the home while husband, John, is going back to school. There are many mornings, afternoons and evenings, when I take care of this little one, and am glad to do it. I can't begin to count how many diapers I change, how many games we play, how many bottles I replenish, how many cuddles we share. This Gammie savors and treasures every moment!
Enter Papa, and all that Gammie loving might as well be chopped liver. It's all Papa, all the time!
Now make no mistake. I'm thrilled that Virginia loves her Papa so much, but there is that part of me, which has given such unrestrained and constant dedication to her care, that I can't help but feel just a twinge of sadness. I give Virginia so much love. Isn't that enough?
And isn't that exactly how God, our heavenly Father, feels when He provides us with riches and blessings beyond measure, yet we run in another direction, seeking something or someone other than Him?
As Gifford says, "Love cannot be forced. Love is always a choice."
God gave us free will so that we can choose: whom we love, when we love, how we love.
An amazing and selfless gift, indeed, from the Father, who only wants our whole-hearted love and obedience.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if each and every one of us could turn our whole hearts to our Abba and say with conviction: "It's all Papa, all the time!"
For the next five weeks, I am joining fellow Christian bloggers, Jason Stasyszen. Sarah Salter and Glynn Young in a reflective discussion of Heart Made Whole by Christa Black Gifford. Please feel free to order the book for yourself and join in with us, or simply visit each person to give them feedback.