It’s been a good week to be Rachel.
With her older and younger sisters both happily away at camp, a rare, perhaps unprecedented thing occurred:
The “Middle” Child became the “Only” Child.
She’s had our exclusive attention. Been treated to lunch, coffee and shopping. Watched whatever she’s wanted on TV. Hasn’t had to share. Not one little bit.
It all ends tomorrow. (Sorry, Rach.)
But she’s certainly enjoyed it while it’s lasted.
As a mom of three daughters, I try hard not to play favorites. I love them all equally. I love them each uniquely.
But I do not love them perfectly. Despite my best intentions, there are those inevitable times when someone feels slighted or neglected. Even the highest human love has its limitations.
Not so with God and His children. For He is the Perfect Father.
His love is Unfailing. His time is Unlimited. His attention is Undivided.
God loves each of us as if there were only one of us to love.” (St. Augustine)
Since He’s infinite and omnipresent, He can pull this off. All of the time.
He is GOD.
As His children, we have been given privileged, unrivaled access to His presence.
Yes, we are members of a wide and wonderful family. We are brothers and sisters who need each other and (try to) love each other. (Well, most of the time.)
But we also crave and need focused, one-on-one time with our Father. Isn’t it reassuring to know that He is able and willing to relate to each of us individually?
It’s almost as if we were His only child. Every single day. We are never overlooked or forgotten.Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. (Ephesians 5:1, NIV)
We are all extremely dear to Him.
The word ‘dear’ in the Greek is agapetos. Agapetos means beloved, esteemed, worthy of love—God’s favorite.” (Jill Savage)
God never plays favorites.
Because we are EACH His favorite.
It’s always a good week to be us!See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (1 John 3:1a, NIV)