The heart of a Mama.
I watch them playing and am reminded of something one of our close friends, who is also a parent, explained to us before we had children, “It’s like having your heart grow legs and walk around outside of your body.” Their description is the closest anyone’s ever come to describing how we feel about our two little ones. When I look in their direction it is as if my heart had leaped out of my chest and was trying to play with the stuffed toys, or curl up in a blanket, or chase after it’s shadow, or ask for more milk.
I am overwhelmed by the strength of my emotions when I hold one of these little ones. I wondered how God could forgive the ugliness and the sin in my life, and the ugliness and sin in the world; and then I look at one of my sons, a walking and breathing part of me with it’s own legs; and I know how God could forgive. He longs to hold us and be near us in the same way I want to be close to my children.
James 4:8, New Living Translation (NLT)
8 Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.
Our loyalty is divided. We must reposition ourselves into a posture of gratitude to accept His gift of grace. Just as I want to hold my baby boys close to me; God wants to hold you close to his heart. Draw close to him – confess your distance, ask to be near him, praise his Holy name, and pray for his presence.
Hebrews 10:22, New Living Translation (NLT)
22 let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.
Jesus Christ came to this world as a ransom payment for our distance (and sin) from our Heavenly Father. Don’t grow legs and run away from Him… run into His loving arms.
My eldest knows how to pull at my heart strings. Whenever he needs me he says, “hold you, hold you, hold you,” until I give in. How can I not give in? That’s my heart with legs walking around outside of my body.
I pray you are wrapped up in His heavenly arms today.
In His Grip,
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