Easter - 2018

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Worship: God has chosen me!

Matthew 14:33 - Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."
After Matthew was born, I began to see how limited my thinking about God had been up to this point. Matthew, and a few years later Alice, helped me experience a small taste of what God feels toward us. I think about them often. I have pictures of them in my office. I try to get done early just to spend time with them. I carry their pictures with me and show them to anyone willing to look. I talk about them and tell their stories to others. I wake up in the middle of the night just to check on them and pray over them. I laugh with them and cry with them. I see new insights in my own discipline and try to hand off discipline to them. I want to give them the World.

Most times I come home for the church or visiting, and Matthew and Alice greet me by running to the door and jump into my arms before I can even get in the door. As you can imagine, arriving home has become one of my favorite moments of the day.

My own love and desire for my children is so strong that it has opened my eyes to how much God desires and loves us. My son and daughter’s love for me and their desire to be with me is the most amazing thing. Through this experience, my worship has expanded. I have come to understand that my desire for my children is only a faint echo of God’s great love for me and for every person He made. He also chooses to inhabit the praises of His people.

He loves me and He loves you. I am just an earthly, sinful father, and I love my children so much it hurts. God is our heavenly Father and He loved us so much, He died for us. He is offering His everything to you and me today…My prayer is that I will have the courage to move beyond staying in the boat, afraid and scared, neglecting the opportunity to kiss the hand toward God and experience His All-knowing, eternal, holiness. I want to jump out of the boat and walk on the water with Jesus.

You know I love ya - a fellow worshiper.


IzzyBeth said...

Great post Don.

Don Crane said...

I just love talkin' about them two...