Like her parents, my oldest daughter is more on the introvertive side. Sure, we can host crowds of people, or invite friends over, but we find our energy reprovisioned in a still and quiet house, being able to rest, read, pray and relax.
So it was appropriate after a busy season of hosting that my oldest daughter simply wanted to cuddle on the couch. Just to be close and to rest. In the quiet. No words. Just rest. As I enfolded my arms around her, it occurred to me the benefit of this simple process. I simply held her, stroking her hair by her face, letting her know she was loved. Home. Safe. And accepted, just as she was. There was not any need for performance here. No striving to earn either my love or her ability to come near.
I was struck by the similarity of this picture with my daughter and my relationship with my Heavenly Father. God, too, wants me just to be with Him, to pause from the busyness of the day (days?!) so that He can remind me that I, too, am loved, am accepted just as I am without any need for performance. His love for me is “deep, vast beyond all measure,” as the hymn says, powerful enough that in God’s giving His only Son, it brings many a wretch His treasure, bringing many sons to glory.
Each of us—my daughter, you and I—are learning these truths, that “because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions, for it is by grace we have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2). May this reality of ours become more and more accepted, noticed and lived in each day.