“God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.” – Genesis 1:31
I always thought those words, “It is good” came from a place of pride. That God looked down on his creation and gave himself a pat on the back for the beauty and creativity and innocence and perfection. But I think I was wrong.
I watch my son wake up from a nap. He’s like his mama. He loves to wake up slow. We believe easing into sitting up, not rushing to turn on lights, and gently facing the day is the best way to wake up. So I just lean into the door frame and watch him wake up slowly. He rolls around, watches the fan, babbles and coos. My heart wants to burst at the sight of this squishy, innocent, beautiful little boy. My mom always told me that one day I would understand the love a parent has for her child. I knew it would be big. But I couldn’t fathom this. A love so strong; certainly unconditional. I love him simply because I do, not because of anything he has done.
And I think this might be a small picture of what God did after He created humanity. He watched His creation, His children, with a smile on His face, love bursting out of His heart. And He said it is very good. Not from a place of pride, but from love. This beautiful, innocent, perfect human being—the human that would one day break His heart—He looked at with unconditional, overwhelming love.
This how He looks at you, now. Even on the days you break His heart, He is filled with love for you.
I can’t imagine it! Except that in a small way, I can. I know Nolan will grow up and will most likely say or do something that breaks my heart. Last week, he didn’t break my heart but he did make me feel overwhelmingly tired and frustrated. But even on my hardest days with Nolan, I can’t wait to hold him, sing to him, kiss his squishy cheeks, and give him what he needs.
God doesn’t get weary physically, but I know I’m not His easiest child. I don’t always listen. I disobey. I try to do things on my own rather than ask Him for help He is eagerly waiting to give. And while I can’t project human emotion on a perfect God, I’m sure that’s frustrating.
Even though you and I are not perfectly behaved children, our Father can’t wait to hold us, sing to us, comfort us, and give us what we need. Even on our worst days, we can climb into the Father’s lap and let his love wash over us. His love is more unconditional than we can even fathom!
“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” – Zephaniah 3:17
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, will not perish but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16
As you move towards Christmas Day, look for the evidence of God’s love. Recognize that by sending Jesus to earth, God proclaimed his overwhelming love for you. He literally moved heaven and earth to show you just how deep His love goes—not because of anything you did but because of who He is. Will you receive His love today? Will you reach out to Him and let Him quiet your anxious thoughts and fill your heart with songs of rejoicing? Will you ask him to rescue you, or simply just be with you?
Today is a new day (thank goodness!) and He’s still here, still watching you with love in his eyes, still confident that you are worth it, still claiming, “it is good.”
To help you find focus in your time with the Lord, I’m offering you a Christmas Quiet Time Guide. I hope it brings you joy and peace that can only be found through Jesus.
What attribute of God is most evident to you this Christmas?