Last night I experienced the distinct pleasure of sitting next to a mother when her children, absent for only a few hours at a school function, came home and walked into the next room. As she craned her neck to catch a glimpse of them, the smile that spread across her face was unmistakable, indescribable. The warmth that was instantly generated from her being far exceeded that which what was being generated by the fireplace only a few feet away. And all I could think of was that this human quality in a mother could only come from God.
Perhaps there is an actual physical wire that gets tripped at the event of birth that causes a mother to embrace the life that was just delivered through her. Maybe I’m just a man in awe, remembering my mother, and observing the radiance that overshadows a woman at the sight of her children, or even only the mention of their names. And I can’t but help but think that this manifestation has a Divine origin. It’s not something that randomly developed over millions of years and crawled out of the mud.
One of my favorite Bible verses is one of its shortest sentences – 1 John 4:8, “God is Love”. What that means to me is that God is actually present in the love that radiates from a mother to her child. Love is reflective of the fact that we are made of, and for, Heavenly stuff.
My Valentine wish and prayer for you today is that you also experience the unending, immeasurable love of God that is present within you at this very moment – and demonstrated in the life of Jesus Christ. “For God so loved the world – so loved you – that He gave his only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
Happy Valentines Day.