"What He ordains for us each moment is what is most holy, best, and most divine for us." Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Sunday, January 9, 2011

I Love You More

My daughter and I have this thing that we do. We've done it for years, and it happened again as recently as this past week. Sometimes it's a verbal exchange, often times it's a text, but last week it was via facebook. For all our cyber friends to see, my 22-year-old baby merely wrote, "I love you, Mommy!" And my response was the same as before. "I love you more!" Yep. It's a simple and maybe silly little thing we do -- but it's our thing. And for as long as she tells me she loves me, my response will always be, "I love you more."

Sitting this morning in my "garden enclosed" (my sun room) watching the day rise up to meet the sun, I turned to Job 11:7-9. Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than the heavens -- what can you do? They are deeper than the depths of the grave -- what can you know? Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea."

There is no limit to God's existence. He's infinite in all directions. He is boundless in every aspect of His character -- including His love. And so as I sat there, I thought of the message I had received from my daughter, and I breathed, "I love You, Lord." And in that voice that stretches to eternity past forward to eternity beyond, I heard that familiar response, "Oh, yes. But I love you more."

Just an ordinary moment...


Martie Winter said...

I have been saying this to my daughters for as long as I can remember! As they have gotten older and had kids of their own I hear them saying it to their children. Now when they say "I love you Marmie" and I say" I love you more" they will say "No you don't" to which I reply...."I have loved you longer"...To that they have nothing to reply because they know my love started before they even understood what love was...Kinda like how we are to God...He has loved us longer and that will always be true because He loved us before we were in our mothers womb....Isn't that awesome!!!

Rosanne said...

Oftentimes on greeting cards, I'll write "I love you lots, but God loves you more." Very hard to wrap your brain around HOW MUCH God loves us. Thanks for sharing.

Joey said...

Funny, my daughters and I do the same thing, and have since they were born.

We did it tonight. I told them there is no competition. God loves us more.