A Quiet Heart Is…near to the heart of God
The one thing that has given me insight into God’s heart for us than more anything else is becoming a mom. When I held my first baby in my arms I thought I finally understood what His Father love for us must mean.
I had no clue.
As my children get older and venture out into the world more, I am daily gaining new insight into what it means to allow your children freedom when you want to protect them. I want to show them the world and shelter them at the same time. I need to give them the tools to solve their own problems when I really want to rush in and fix it for them.
I think I might have a firmer grasp of what this all means by the time they are teenagers or maybe by the time I have grandkids anyway!
I know how fortunate I am to have an incredible man in my life that has always shown me an accurate picture of how a father should look. But I didn’t always trust my Dad’s methods. I never doubted his love for me but that didn’t stop me from rebelling as so many strong-willed children do.
I have never struggled to see God as a good Father. I have, however, sometimes not trusted His timing, discipline, or testing of my faith.
And oh, how I have been a defiant child with Him!
As I struggle to show my kids love and discipline together, give them roots and wings, I grow in tiny steps towards trusting His methods, knowing His heart towards me is nothing but love.
I want to give my kids everything but I have to make decisions that will grow them into strong, godly, independent people. It hurts my heart when that means withholding something I know isn’t good or making them wait. It helps me see the truth behind Romans 8:32 that tells us “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”
His heart is to be gracious and give us all good things. His knowledge of what is good and our limited sight of what we think we want don’t always line up – much like most dinnertime struggles at my house!
The haunting sound of organ in the small church where I once served on staff comes to mind. I can hear the words of this old hymn playing in my memory…
“There is a place of quiet rest,
near to the heart of God,
a place where sin cannot molest,
near to the heart of God.
O Jesus, blest Redeemer,
sent from the heart of God,
hold us, who wait before Thee,
near to the heart of God.
– Cleland McAfee, 1903
I believe those words are true, that the quiet rest we so want is near to the heart of God. I think the problem is that I don’t often look to know and understand His heart, to truly seek to see Him for the Good Father He is.
The more I do draw near to His heart, the quieter mine can become.
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