I treasure the days when I get to spend quality time with my niece and nephew. They are still at the age where it is cool to hang out with older people and before long that will change. Due to busy schedules and distance, those days are few, far, and in between. Yesterday, I went home to attend a tea party that was held at my sister’s Church. After that, we went back to their house and went swimming. It was pretty late in the day and I had to drive back to Nashville, so I wasn’t jumping at the seams for late afternoon swimming. But the thought occurred to me, and I’m glad it did, life is no guarantee and I need to make the most out of every situation. If that requires me swimming late in the afternoon on Sunday, getting sprayed in the face with with toys, and having my body be converted into a diving board, then I will! Those days are what my niece and nephew will remember most. Those days shape their foundation and provide them with examples of love.
My niece is three and really is discovering what life is all about. She loves swimming and showing off her newly acquired tricks. Over and over you can hear her saying, “Watch this Aunt Nichole, watch me!” I find no other joy than saying, “Madison, that was awesome!! Do it again!” Without fail, she does it again and again and again.
Just as children desire attention, love, acceptance, adults crave it just as well. Words may not be spoken, but our actions say, “pick me, choose me, love me!” Proverbs 19:22 says, “What a man desires is unfailing love.” A love that has no end, is certain, and will not fail. So what happens when a child’s needs are unfulfilled? You are left with an adult still desiring for those needs to be met…an empty cup so to speak. They go off searching for other human beings to fill those needs and usually that search leads to disappointment, heartache, betrayal, devastation, and so on. Something that I am familiar with all to well!!
Yesterday, I had the privilege of hearing one of my favorite preachers. He moved to Orlando to start a Church and came back to our Church for a quick visit. He moves me like no other. His message happened to be on the filling of our cup and how God is the only source to do that. First, you must go to God everyone morning and ask him to fill it up. In Psalm 143:8, David cried out saying, “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.”
I have learned first hand that what was preached to me yesterday, is the absolute truth. Jim Eliot once said, “God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him.” Why not let Him fill you with unfailing love? You can experience the joy just as David once did. “Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.” (Psalms 90:14).
Love in Christ,