Recently I was praying for my family. I was asking God to do certain things for them, and then, all of a sudden, I felt like God interrupted me.
He asked ME what I would do for them. It was a little shocking. I mean, of course, I would do anything (and I mean anything) for them. And I told God that. But there was this pause for a minute. It was almost as if God was waiting for something from me… details or specifics maybe?
I didn’t know.
But my heart was set ablaze just thinking about the love I have for my kids and my husband… and what that love could push me to do for them. The lengths I would go for them.
Momma Bear was rising up and I began to tell God all of it, in detail… yes, I even gave Him the typical cliche ones, “I would walk through fire for these people, Lord. I’d give even my life.”
But then, with a sort of sadness, I reminded God that I’m human. Physically, I’m weak. And that’s why I come to Him. There are actually limitations to what I can do for them.
At first, it felt like we were at a crossroads. I asked God to do some things. He asked me what I would do. And then there was silence.
But, as it turned out, it wasn’t a crossroads at all. It was more of a mountaintop moment. All of a sudden, a light went on, and I had a new, big-picture view. And I understood precisely what God was saying.
God wasn’t ignoring my prayer or telling me to do it for them myself. He was showing me in a new way all that He would do… and more importantly, why He would do it.
You see, I was reminded that the blazing, wifey, momma-bear love I have for “my people” is but a droplet from the ocean of God’s love.
“Love is from God… We love because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:7, 18)
So if I (with but a droplet of love and immense physical limitations) would walk through fire and give my life for my people… how much more would God do for us with His ocean of love and infinite almighty power?
There are no limitations with God. Not in His love for us or in His ability to show it.
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
So it occurred to me that when we struggle spiritually — when we feel fear or doubt or dryness or distance — it’s not actually a lack of faith. It’s that we don’t really know how much we are loved.
Everything in Christianity can really be summed up in this…
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God.” (1 John 3:1)
If we knew how much the heart of God blazed for each and every one of us or what that love could push Him to do for us… if we understood the lengths He would go for us… we would pray differently, think differently, live differently.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
So I encourage all of you today - Christian or not - to think long and hard about the people you love most in the world. Think about what your immense love for them would push you to do. Then, my friend, remember it is but a tiny, little droplet compared to the love God feels for you.
There are absolutely no limits to what His love would do for you.