When my daughter Eva was an infant and even into her toddler days, she was very attached to her momma. She had to know where Karen was at all times. And if she lost track of mom it had the potential to be devastating, for everyone. And if Karen ever went anywhere without Eva, we had to be very strategic regarding her exit strategy.
Occasionally Karen, not thinking, would walk out the front door to get the mail. The mailbox is only 25 feet from the house and it would take no more than a minute before she returned. But if Eva happened to see her mom leave, she would cry like it was the end of the world.
I would hear Eva crying and come running. I would scoop her up, hold her close and whisper how it would be alright. I would do all this as I took her to the front window to point out her mom, just feet away.
Eva was too young and too immature to understand that her momma was just outside the door. And I knew this.
And I wasn’t annoyed by it. I wasn’t angered by her immaturity, I didn’t berate her. I recognized that even though I knew the whole story, Eva didn’t. My little girl didn’t understand what was taking place, so I just held her, “I love you, its ok honey, Daddy’s got you. Mommy is coming right back.”
I saw from her perspective and valued it even though it was not the whole story. I positioned myself in her pain, I acted with compassion, kindness, maturity and love.
My point? God is the good Father.
He is always running to us, always scooping us up, always positioning Himself in our pain. He is compassionate, kind, mature and loving.
But all along the way He is giving us access to His perspective. If we can but just lean in, we would begin to see how He sees.
He will scoop you up today, He will wipe your tears away, and he will lift you up so you can see the way He sees. And I pray that you see the way He sees and you experience His peace and joy today.
Jason Clark is a writer, speaker and lead communicator at A Family Story ministries. His mission is to encourage sons and daughters to grow sure in the love of an always-good heavenly Father. He and his wife, Karen, live in North Carolina with their three children.
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