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The Loving Kindness of God

My Friend Debbie      Often God uses life's experiences to make us aware of a spiritual truth He is teaching us. On a recent vacation, we enjoyed sharing a day of fun at Disneyland with our two grandsons, ages five and three, and their parents. Throughout the day, I observed these precious little boys caught up in the magical world of Disney. In those moments, they were totally unaware that anything existed apart from what they were experiencing. Whether meeting a Disney character or being whirled around on a ride, the look of sheer delight radiating from their little faces communicated that this day was priceless. Memories of that day were captured on our digital camera and have been stored away for future viewing. With a click of a finger on our computer, we can recall those pictures and relive the memories of our vacation.

     There is a relevancy in seeing the world through the eyes of a child. The perspective through which we view our world has been shaped and molded by life's experiences and people that have touched us along the way.

     In 1 Corinthians 13:11-12, Paul wrote, "When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely" (NLT).

My Friend Debbie     While our grandchildren enjoyed a day at Disneyland, the experience in itself would not shape them. It was the interaction with their parents on that day that will have contributed to shaping and molding their lives. Throughout the day my husband and I observed our daughter and son-in-law patiently opening a whole new part of life to their children. The children would have been content to interact with the Disney characters not knowing that there was much more to the park, but their parents planned to let them experience all there was to see and do.

      It is that way in our walk with the Lord. We only see in part, but there is so much more that God has for us. God's faithfulness comes from His tender loving kindness and compassion toward us, as it says in Lamentations 3:21-23 "This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. The LORD'S loving kindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness" (NASB).

     Living life in the knowledge that His loving kindness never ceases and His compassion toward us never fails is powerful. This means that every morning, God will provide all that we need because of His great faithfulness and compassion. Whether I need guidance, strength, grace, patience, or faith, His provision is there.

     God is using the experiences of your life to shape and mold you into the person He created you to be. Although now you only know in part, you have the hope that one day, standing face to face with Him, you will know everything completely just as God now knows you completely. In the meantime, take God at His Word today, receive what he has for you, and allow Him to demonstrate his loving kindness to you. Determine to view life with childlike faith, believing that God loves you and is guiding your experiences for your benefit and for His glory.


     Lord, I thank You for Your great faithfulness and loving kindness toward me. Help me to see through Your eyes today. Even though difficulties may come, I will choose to focus my thoughts on Your Word and not my circumstances. Protect my mind and my spirit. May all who I come in contact with today see You in my life to the honor and glory of Your name. Amen!

Copyright © 2008-2015 Ruth Van de Riet

Reader Comments...
2009-11-04 10:04:24
"Just wanted you to know I really related to this article. I especially love the prayer at the end. Thank You."
        - Diane

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