Earlier this week, I’m eating lunch with my little ones. Thinking out loud, I say, “I need a June blog topic. What should I write about?”
My problem-solving son asks, “What’s a blog?”
“A short discussion online. I write things to help encourage women.”
He appears to be thinking hard as he chews on his chicken nugget. “How about love?”
Hmm. “Okay. There are lots of different kinds of love. Do you mean love, like how you love your sister, or God’s love?”
“Everlasting love,” he says matter-of-factly.
Well, okay. What could be more encouraging than God’s everlasting love?
Leave it to a child to bring us back from our over-analyzing, complicated minds.
There’s so much uncertainty, confusion, and hurt in this world. But sometime we forget. It’s all temporary. Imagine our short lives in comparison to the vastness of eternity. An eternity in which we will live forever with a God who loves us more than we can ever imagine.
Isaiah 54:10a says, “For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed…” (ESV)
Sometimes, we get caught up in daily frustrations that build until we choose to vent. Whether it’s an Amazon shopping spree, snapping at our kids, or polishing off a pint of Ben & Jerry’s. But what happens when instead of focusing on the disappointments that inevitably arise, we look at life with God’s eyes?
At the optometrist, they always test one eye at a time. You cover one eye, read the lowest row of letters you can with your right eye, then repeat with your left.
It’s usually a little fuzzy or off-kilter with each eye alone, isn’t it? Then they ask you to read with both, and suddenly the letters become much clearer.
Focusing on every day trials is like looking at life with one eye shut. You’re getting the basic ideas, but not the brilliant clarity with which God sees.
His love truly is the heartbeat, the very center of who we are and the life we lead.
So, no matter how dark the shadows, no matter how blurred the lines, look up with eyes wide open and focus on the everlasting love in which we’ll spend eternity.
Sunrise Photo by Sapan Patel on Unsplash/ eye chart & glasses https://williamseyeworks.com/the-difference-between-the-3-os-optician-optometrist-ophthalmologist/
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Thanks for your encouraging post, Audra! I love your son’s heart and the ability of a child to point us to our everlasting hope. So needed right now. Bless you my friend as you continue to write for the Lord.
Thank you, Deena! Children have a way of altering our perspective, don’t they? 🙂 I have no doubt your posts will continue to be an encouragement during these difficult times, as well.
I’m always amazed at how God uses his little ones to bring life and insight! How we need that everlasting love. Thank you, Audra. Give your son a hug from a former children’s director!
Thank you, Claudette! I will definitely do that. 🙂
“loved it” And that old expression rings true here: “out of the mouths of babes”. In this “interesting” time–this is such a good reminder of how God truly loves the unlovable (starting with me), and we can do no less as we “bump” against one another in this cantankerous, contentious, jarring time and to trust that God’s in charge. blessings
Thank you, Ann. I agree. It’s a good thing He interceded for us, because we certainly can’t do it on our own.
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