Today is my niece's 18th birthday. When I think of Monica, I think of a beautiful and caring young lady. She would do anything for a friend in need, and she Loves animals. AND...she gives me a manicure and pedicure bi-weekly:)
Thinking of Monica makes me consider all the child/parent parallels that exist with being a Child of God. Falen and I have discussed many of these in the past. In fact, one of Falen's prior blogs addresses these parallels. Here are a few:
- I can ask my child over and over again to put his dirty clothes in the laundry basket to no avail...God asks me over and over again to stop swearing, to stop complaining, to stop gossiping.
- When I don't see my children for days, I welcome them home with open arms and can't wait to hear about their adventures while they were gone...when we leave God out of our lives, he welcomes us back with open arms and wants to hear what we learned in our trials.
- When my child falls and skins her knee, nothing makes the pain go away more than a hug from Mom or Dad...when I fall and sin, Nothing makes the pain go away more than my Heavenly Father wrapping his arms around me.
While all these parallels come to mind, I struggled with one. Romans 8:39 (NIV) tells us that "Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." The reason I struggle with this parallel is because my niece's mom, my sister, died when my niece was only six years old. So, she was separated from the love of her Mom at a very early age. But God spoke to me and showed me that even though my niece's Mom is in Heaven, the love of her Mom never left her and never will! She has always been at her side walking along with her, just like her Heavenly Father. And just like her Heavenly Father, she will see her Mom in Heaven one day.
HAPPY 18th BIRTHDAY DEAREST MONICA MAE!!