The other day I posted a pic of my little grandson with oatmeal all over his face. That post was called
Oatmeal, Autonomy and Utter Satisfaction.
I posted the pic, cause it was so cute, but had to hold on to the story behind that pic for a few days until my Grandmother's Heart could release it and share it with others.
Even now I can picture his little eyes, and how they kept looking at me.
He was so very happy and he was smiling.
And those little hands all covered with oatmeal wanted to hold MY hands.
He reached for me.
And there was NO hesitation on my part.
He WANTED to hold my hand and have me share his fun.
He WANTED ME to be a PART of HIS fun.
There was just NO room for ANY hesitation in my Heart.
I took his hands and held them in mine, and was perfectly willing to get covered in oatmeal myself, and we laughed.
And we sang songs while doing all the gestures with our hands still holding on to each other.
We both got covered in the oatmeal.
And my heart swelled up like that scene in The Grinch Who Stole Christmas...where the Grinch's heart "grew 3 sizes that day".
This Grandmothers Heart of mine LOVES that little boy.
And truth being told, if he had been SWIMMING in a baby pool filled with oatmeal... and if he looked at me with those eyes... and if he reached out for me like that....I would have dived head-long into the mix with him.
This awareness of my willingness to put myself out of my own comfort zone for that baby causes me to ponder God's Love too.
It causes me to think that If I, just another grandmother in the world, love this one little baby boy so much...
How much MORE must GOD, the FATHER of us ALL, love each of US?
But I already KNOW the answer to that Question.
He loved us THIS MUCH:
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only
Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but
have eternal life." John 3:16
You see, because of love, Jesus got covered in stuff too...only HE got covered in our sins.
And He died as the perfect sacrifice in order to clean us and take away those sins.
"You see, at just the right time, when we were still
powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will
anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man
someone might possibly dare to die. But God
demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were
still sinners, Christ died for us" Romans 5:6-8
But He did EVEN MORE...Jesus established The Church.
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than
all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at
work within us,to him be glory in the church and in Christ
Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!
Amen" Ephesians 3:20-21
When my grandson was holding my hands the other day he was experiencing Hands of Love.
He has no idea how much I love him.
But I DO.
I would willingly lay down my life to save that baby boy.
And it simply takes my breath away to think that my Jesus did that same thing for every single one of us.
He allowed those Roman Soldiers to punctured His hands and feet when they nailed Him to a wooden cross.
He willingly forfeited His life as an atonement for my sins to save me.
...and to save you.
It is mind-boggling to contemplate what He did for us all.
And because I know He loves me this way, and because I am a Believer, I understand that I am called to love others too.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have
loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35