How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure
(by Stuart Townsend)
I am laying in bed with my daughter who 5 days ago had a Crainiotomy(?, no help from spell check here). I am a little stuck, she wants me or mommy by her side, so I can’t get down until Holly comes back from getting ready for the day. So, I have no Bible, I will just give you the Aaron version of some Scripture that’s on my mind.
As I sit here, I thought of that line above, ‘How deep the Father’s love for us…’. I was reminded as I have been several times in the past week, that I am not the only father who has experienced pain. I am not even close to being the best father that has ever endured these kind of hardships. Our Heavenly Father himself knows the agonizing pain of watching His Son go through torture and pain. I am sure the Father’s heart broke over the path His Son had to walk. However, there was a greater motive at work, a purpose that only time and eventually eternity would reveal as the ultimate reason for this brutality.
We are told countless times in the Bible that God sent His Son as a sacrifice for our sins, why, because of His ‘deep’ love. Even though we were sinners, even though many would reject His sacrifice, God willingly sent Jesus on a rescue mission that would cost our Lord His life.
Here today I am trying to be the best father I can possibly be, and save my daughters life! I am fighting for her, praying for her healing, why, because I love her. I will not stop fighting, I will not stop praying, why, because I love her. Moments like these reveal to me the heights, and depths of God’s love. I want to fight for the life of my Kate, God was willing to offer His Jesus. I am solely focused on the recovery of my own flesh and blood, God’s attention was toward a world in need.
Understanding the Father’s love makes me want to be a better daddy, a better husband, a better friend. Although I may never fully live out the love God has displayed, today I can step in that direction, pray for His power, live in the power of His Spirit! We love because He first loved us…