10.10.2013

Safe and secure in His love.


As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear Him.  Psalm 103:13

Last night, as I was walking down the hall to say goodnight to the little boys, I heard Dennis praying with Ellie.  I peeked into her room and saw this image ... Dennis on his knees, bending over her little body, their arms wrapped tightly around each other as He prayed for our daughter.

I had to capture the moment.

I love everything about this photo.  The crazy, bright pillowcase, the messy table in the back, the outlet on the wall ...
Ellie's curls, her little arm curling around Dennis, the expression on his face, his hand over her head like a protective covering.

Everything about this photo makes me feel happy.  Secure.  Thankful.

Dennis loves his daughter.  He adores her.  He will protect her.  Fight for her.  He would die for her.  Because Ellie is HIS.

When I first saw this photograph it struck me how much this must look like the Lord when He is ministering to us.

Dennis was not standing in the doorway, bellowing out a prayer, and waving good night to our daughter.  He was purposeful.  Personal.  Intimate.
He chose to go to her room.  To enter in.  To put himself at her level, arms around her, holding her tightly as he offered a prayer to God on her behalf.

Does not God do the same for us?
Does He not make Himself available?
Waiting patiently for us to come and sit with Him?
Offer us rest?
Let us cling to Him when are hurting or fearful?
Fix His gaze on us so we can focus on Him and find confidence and strength in His power and might?
Does He not embrace us with tenderness and compassion to encourage us and give us the energy to keep moving forward?
Intercede for us before the Father so we might stand blameless before Him?

What a wonderful thing it is that our Heavenly Father loves us with an all consuming love that allows us to feel safe and secure when we willingly sit under the protection of His sovereignty and grace.
As a father shows compassion to his children, 
so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear Him.

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