While I was washing dinner dishes one night, my youngest grabbed a paper plate and pen and ran upstairs. When my husband Duane and I went in our room to go to bed, there was the plate, sitting on our pillows. In elementary school print, our son had written "Mom and Dad - I love you, Logan". It was so sweet that I saved it.
Nothing prompted Logan's note, and it wasn't a special day, but Logan is known for leaving little love notes around the house for us. He also writes notes to God, and blows kisses to God at the end of his bedtime prayers.
I look at Logan's joyous, unselfconscious expressions of love and think of God. God loves us with agape love - an unconditional love. No matter what we've done, or who we are, or where we've messed up, God is willing to take us back into His arms and remind us that we are His children. After all, He loved us enough to die for us. It's hard to love on a greater scale than that.
I am blessed with a good husband who never forgets holidays and hugs me daily. But no matter how much Duane loves me, there will always be a void in my life. Love notes, love songs, and warm embraces still leave me wanting more. There's a reason for that.
We were created with what I call a "God-space." It's an empty place in our souls that only God can fill. God wants to be first in our lives. He wants us to love Him with abandon, just like Logan loves his parents. Only when we go to Him will we receive that deep, unfilled love that takes away loneliness, fear, emptiness and more. He knows our innermost thoughts and our deepest needs. Only God can love us like we really need to be loved.
Over the past few years while I worked on my book A Kid At Heart: Becoming a Child of Our Heavenly Father, I've explored what it means to let God love us on that level. We can depend on Him, trust Him, and run to Him for comfort. We can laugh with Him, share our secrets with Him, and know that no matter what, He will never quit loving us.
He wants to be our Prince, the love of our life. Let Him love you as only He can.