By Carol Hernandez
Since the coronavirus pandemic began in January, I have been blessed with two new grandbabies! They were born seven weeks apart, and as many have said to me, are a bright spot amid this chaotic, dark world. As I have gazed at them while feeding them or holding them while they sleep (true bliss!), the LORD has brought to mind two simple truths as I have prayed over them.
Simple Truth #1: Our great God knows everything we need, before we need it, and cares for us completely. Right now, my grandbabies are completely reliant on others. Every need is taken care of by someone else. At any one time in these early days, there are four adults in the room watching over them to respond to every movement, whimper, coo or cry. Someone to feed, change, bathe and cuddle. Interestingly, these newborns do not even know what their specific needs are. We, as caretakers, know what they need. Jesus says in Matthew 6:31-32 “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’… for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.” And just above that passage, still in Matthew 6, verse 8 says, “for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”
Four months ago, we might have read these verses and thought, “Yes, yes, I know. He takes care of me and all my needs. That’s great. I have money, any kind of food I want, an abundance of toilet paper and a roof over my head.” But today, many of us are reaching for these verses to remind us, yes, He WILL care for me and knows my needs before I do. I do not have to fear as my bank account dwindles. I can rest, as a newborn, in His arms because He will supply all that I need. There is certainty in being a child of God.
Jesus says, “Do not worry.” DO NOT WORRY. My grandbabies are not worried. They peacefully sleep in my arms for hours. Are you worried in the uncertainty of the world right now? Who is your caretaker? You? Your parents? Your spouse? No, it is the all-knowing, all-wise God who is caring for you! He commands us to not worry. He’s got it all in hand. Worrying is saying that I do not believe God will care for me and I must figure it out myself. Show Him that you rest in Him and trust Him. Then experience the peace He gives as a newborn has in his grandmother’s arms.
Simple Truth #2: We are loved perfectly and forever, by our Father in heaven, who knew us BEFORE we were born. Jeremiah 1:5a says, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.” Then in Jeremiah 31:3 it says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, I have drawn you with lovingkindness.”
Many say being a grandparent is the best because you can hold, feed and cuddle your grandbaby but then hand him back to his parents, go home and sleep for a full eight hours, undisturbed. That is true! But what I hadn’t known until I experienced it with my first grandbaby was the overwhelming, tear-inducing, heart bursting love I had for him the minute I saw him. And he wasn’t even “mine!” I loved him as if he were mine, but my love would still be imperfect as I am imperfect.
To be known and loved is what all humans desire. As believers, we can know, through God’s word, that we are known and loved more perfectly than any human could ever love us. The best part of this truth is, He knows us fully and STILL loves us with a love that goes on forever, and ever, and ever, and always, perpetually without end! We do not deserve a love like that actually having been born an enemy of God. But because of our faith in Christ’s finished work on the cross, God lavishes His love on us, undeservedly, because that is who He is. Love! I John 3:1 says, “See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God.” During this unstable time, knowing we are loved as a parent (or grandparent) loves his
child, our perspective should not be the same as of the world. We can cry out as a child to a parent. Our great God will answer us and comfort us, knowing us and loving us deeply and eternally. As my heart overflowed with joy meeting my grandbabies, the Lord God’s heart is still overflowing with joy because of YOU, His child.
Let us then, demonstrate our trust in the perfect Caretaker of our lives by resting in Him and not worrying. And when that worry begins to creep in, remember how we are known and loved forever by our Father, the One true God. That’s my lesson from two new grandbabies!
Prayer: Our Great God, we thank You for holding us and caring for us completely. Forgive us when we doubt Your unceasing love for us. Your love is unmerited. Remind us to not worry. Our trust is in You! Amen.
The Women’s Ministry has created a COVID-19 Prayer Walk Guide. This guide is set up according to the prayer acronym ACTS: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. You will read a passage of Scripture with some reflection questions. Then you will prayerfully walk and mediate on the Scripture reading.