Which of you, if his son asks for bread will give him a stone? Of if he asks for a fish will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
At first I wondered where that thought came from, but then I began to fully understand. Here I was in the middle of the night, exhausted beyond normalcy, taking the time to fulfill a simple request for the comfort of my two year old. Why? Because I LOVE him. I do. I would give my life for my son, so a simple cup of juice is a no-brainer. And in that moment, I got a glimpse of how much God the Father loves little-ol-insignificant me. God's love for us as individuals is truly absurd, yet is is as real as the keyboard that I am currently typing on. We hear the phrase, "God loves you" so many times that its redundancy disconnects us from its reality. God does love every one of us humans in a way that is unique to each of us. The question is, how are we going to respond to that love? Take it for granted? Ignore it? Take advantage of it? Or will we embrace it joyfully and share it with others? I praise God for His illustration for me that night. When I returned to give Jack his juice, I laid there and watched him fall asleep. God's message to me that night filled me with enough joy and energy that now I was the one barely able to shut my eyes and rest. Thank you Lord for you daily blessings...the ones I ask for AND the ones I overlook!