The mother tucked her son in for the night. Their nighttime routine was as regular as clock work or so the mom thought. Together they would say their bedtime prayer. Mom would be first then her son would follow. She was always eager to hear his prayer. His prayer was always new and refreshing. She would teasingly pinch his toe and then his nose. His smile would brighten her heart and instantly life would be as right as rain. She would always say, “Son, I love you with all my heart.” With that pronouncement their nightly routine would end with a huge hug, you know, one of those hugs we all need and treasure.
Then one night this routine was shattered in a most spectacular way.
The night began routinely enough. The mother tucked in her son; they prayed, she pinched his toes and nose and then he gave her his world winning smile. Yet when she was about to say, “Son, I love you with all my heart” he reached up with his hand to silence her. Time stopped. Routine was shattered. His smile was broader than ever before and his eyes, oh his eyes, radiated a light so full of innocence that she felt as if she were caught up in a massive black-hole pulling her into a world of pure love. She was enraptured. Then gesturing to his entire possession of toys said, “Mom, I love YOU with all my toys.”
The chords of her heart were stroked and in that single moment of clarity she knew what genuine love must be like in Heaven.
The story that I have revealed is true. A wonderful moment of love shared between mother and son. Love shakes us, molds us, connects us, shapes us, motivates us, challenges us, moves us, strengthens us, confounds us, and dares us. These precious love moments are but a reflection of a bigger purpose and spiritual force. They serve as windows begging our attention to perceive the true source of genuine love. From that pure source love springs and never runs dry, is limitless in mercy, looks beyond faults, strikes the chords of our heart, and is always true.
God is love.
The mother’s son conveyed a type of love we yearn for every day; to love one another with the entirety of who we are and all that we have. Sadly, we miss the mark here. But, this is exactly the love God demonstrated so perfectly in the life and death of His Son Jesus Christ. Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” 1 John 4:9 “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
You may have failed in so many ways. You may have lost countless opportunities to love. Perhaps all you’ve done lately is be a negative, critical, unforgiving, and hateful person.
Today, God says to you and to a needy world, “I Love You with All My Son!”
The love of Christ is as powerful as any black-hole. His love is an event that is life-changing. This dynamic love is tugging on your heart every day. The question is will you allow your heart to be pulled in and be embraced by His Amazing Grace? Only then will you be able to experience and share a love “that passes all understanding.”