Being a parent is one of God’s greatest gifts. By experiencing the unconditional love I have for my child, I feel like I have a deeper understanding of God’s love for His children. Regardless of how many tantrums, misbehaved moments, spills or screams we experience in a day, when my little boy reaches his arms up to me to be held and loved I can not resist him. What an amazing revelation to know my God feels that same kind love for me!
Not long ago I was going through our nightly bedtime routine which includes reading books and singing several songs. One of my son’s most requested songs is “hands,” which translated is He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands. That night as I sang it I thought about how comforting it is to rest in the knowledge that God really does have it all in His hands.
I sang, “He’s got all the little babies in His hands.”
My mind drifted to a friend who recently experienced a miscarriage. I prayed for her in that moment and hoped God would comfort her heart and remind her that He has her baby in His hands.
I sang, “He’s got Mimi and Papaw in His hands”.
I thought of grandparents and parents I know that are furvently praying for their children that have gone astray from the Lord, some now grown with children of their own. In that moment I prayed for them and their children. I hoped God would remind them He has their lives in his hands.
I sang, “He’s got you and me, Levi, in His Hands.”
While I sang, I prayed I would always be a godly example to my son, Levi. I prayed that as we experienced life together, the triumphs and losses, I could live in a way that shows him how to trust and rely on our God who loves us sacrificially and completely.
I sang the final verse, “He’s got the whole world in His hands.”
I prayed for my city, county, state and country. I prayed for lost loved ones and friends. I prayed this year, in 2015, I would allow God to use me to minister in ways I never had before. To minister to broken hearts and aching souls who need reminding that He’s got their whole world safely cradled in His hands.
That evening, as I laid my precious boy down in his bed, my heart was lifted in hope knowing my God really does have everything in His hands. In his infinite wisdom, He knows how to care for people and their needs so much better than I do on my own. What a blessing it is to know this God and to share the message of His love with others!