Continuing on my thread from Monday's post, I've done a lot of thinking about how my husband delighted in our daughters and that carried over into thinking about how much God delights in His daughters.
"Behold, my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delights..."
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of God abides for ever."
1 John 2:15-17
First off, I will say I have not read the book nor seen the movie Fifty Shades of Grey, neither do I plan to. So, how can someone critique something they have not read nor seen? Let me just say I don't need to wallow at the dump to know it will stink!
Over the past several months, the Lord has been teaching me a great deal about love. Many situations have come into my life that I have no control over; some I disapprove of, some I simply can't comprehend.
The exhorter and the prophet in me wants to address sin and encourage to wholeness in Christ. But God has not allowed me to do that. In some of these cases I'm referring to, it would absolutely destroy the relationship. Time and time again, God has said, "Just love him/her." Easier said than done sometimes!
I touch his arm, I rub his back and call his name, willing him to open his eyes and look at me or even just nod his head to give some indication that he sees me and knows I'm there. But no matter how hard I try, he doesn't respond. He just sits in his wheelchair, his head cocked to one side with his eyes closed.
He is almost 90 and hardly ever talks anymore. I get angry sometimes because I want some sign, however little, that all the time I spend with him makes a difference. But there is very little encouragement from him.