I realized very recently, that as I grieve over someone who hurts me deeply, that God grieves when I hurt Him also! When I fail to follow what He tells me to do, especially when I do the same sin over again, He grieves! I am sad when I don’t hear from my kids. I miss them. God feels this same way when I don’t speak to Him, through prayer. So, when I grieve now, I think of You(God). When I realize how much God thinks of me and loves me, I know that I grieve Him when our relationship isn’t what it should be. It hurts His heart.
As a parent, more and more, I see how much having kids teaches me about the love He has for me but also the disappointment that I cause Him. There are three things that I find similar as a parent and also as a child of God. I see God valuing these three qualities/ characteristics also and wanting them from me. The first thing is relationship. A relationship requires communication. Next is time spent together. This is also part of a relationship, is that we spend time together and the third quality is following what He wants for and from me.
Jeremiah 31:3 says
“The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”
As He loves me, as well as every person that He created, I love my children also! He loves me as a sinner! I am not perfect but He is. I have failed my kids many times but He has never failed me!
When I Communicate, Now I Think Of You!
When I hear from my kids and we get to talk for a while, it is really important and precious! I know that communication between God and me is even more important. In fact, I can learn a lot about communicating with everyone when I speak and listen to God through His Word and prayer.
Psalm 145:18-19 says: ” The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth. He fulfills the desire of those who fear Him; He also hears their cry and saves them.”
When I Want Time, Now I Think Of You!
Jeremiah 2:32: ” Does a young woman forget her jewelry? Does a bride hide her wedding dress? Yet for years on end my people have forgotten me.”
Sometimes we forget about people who should be important to us. We place them as much lower priority when they dearly love us and want to spend valuable time with us. Jeremiah was speaking about the Jews forgetting their God. It was not a mental “forgetting” but one of not valuing them and considering them a high priority. This brings me to ask the question, “Does God feel grief because I have forgotten Him and don’t value spending time with Him?
When I Want Them To Follow, Now I Think Of You!
Another hope that a parent has,is that their children follow their guidance. Our children, when they are adults, may not follow exactly what we want for them, but we really wish the best for them. We don’t want to see our kids end up in tough circumstances so, we give them what help and guidance we can. The best that we can give them is to pass down a godly heritage to them. We hope that they grow up to mature in their faith and love for the Lord. Hopefully, if they follow, this will prevent a lot of bad things from happening. God wants our best too! He does not want to see His children suffer difficult consequences, so He gives us His Word to guide and teach us to do right and follow Him.
Matthew 16:24 “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”
3 John 1:4 “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”
John 14:6 “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Now that I am older, my kids are older, plus I have four grandchildren, I see more clearly that what I love and want is very close to what God wants from me! I am special to Him and you are special to Him also! Communicate, spend time with Him and follow Him! You won’t regret it! I sure am having a great time watching and spending time with our two grandchildren that live closest to us! It is a joy and a privilege!
This is my youngest daughter and my granddaughter! It is special to have time with them! I miss it when we don’t! I miss our other two daughters and grandchildren as well.