Here they are clustered together in the cannister of my vaccum...
He came to town to watch a show with his girlfriend. We got to see him for 5 minutes in the Target parking lot...and then for 5 more minutes down the street so we could fill his tank up at Wawa before his drive back to school. I know he didn't get it...but his mom was excited all day for those ten minutes!
And it hit me this morning like this:
I'm doing a Bible Study on Thursdays and one of our goals this week is to intentionally recognize ways God loves us extravagantly. Seeing my firstborn son last night reminded me of God. I imagine Him anticipating the few minutes each day I spend with Him. One on one, face to face. I imagine an occasional glance at His eternal watch...waiting...anticipating my arrival. I imagine His disappointment on those days that I neglect to show up....and His delight on the days that I find it in my power to forsake all else in order to meet him alone in a deserted parking lot. I imagine the joy on His face as He embraces me at last...revelling in those few moments we have alone. Of His offer to bless me with a "full tank of gas"...and the pleasure He takes in watching me be blessed by it.
Yeah...His love is EXTRAVAGANT towards me.
And apparently I'm learning by His example to love my own children like He does. I am understanding what He must feel like on the days I "forget" to pick up the phone and say hello. Understanding the joy He feels when I pull up a chair to sit and stay a while...just to chat and catch up. It's kicked me in the behind a little today...that picture of the GOD of the universe loving on me the way I love on my children. Disappointed when I neglect to pick up the phone to say hello...waiting in anticipation of my arrival...
"Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn't love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us.
Love like that."