Being a mother has taught me the deepest and truest understanding of the unconditional love of God. I have an infinite amount of love for my children. From the moment I held each of my babies, a fierce love was immovable in me.
Yet, parenting has its challenges. There is magnificent love and joy and there are unexpected depths of pain. Motherhood brought me to the core of who I am, causing me to see my weaknesses and brokenness, but also revealed in me an incredible capacity to love and choose love again and again. My love for my children never wavered regardless of their behavior. (I think their love for me has remained regardless of MY behavior as well!) Though my kids are adults now and have their own families, they still challenge me to a truer, more honest reality of my self: what and why I believe—how I live and act in the scattered portions of humanity and in our own family.
Unconditional love is not without discipline and correction. Its greatest power is that it doesn’t run away. It’s there in the pain and in the joy. Love stays. Love transforms—not by the warm, gooey feeling alone, but by the continual pursuit of a truer me, a truer you.
That’s God in His beautiful Fatherhood. He pursues us with great passion, with all that He is. Life is so good with Him. Yet it is not without the pain of the process of becoming the true you. He loves and disciplines until the process is welcomed with an open heart.
Only in His unwavering, unconditional love that never runs away do we truly discover who we are and who He really is.
Don’t run away. His love stays.
P.S. By the way, thanks kids! Hugs and love!–mom