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“The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” ~ Zephaniah 3:17

In the few months that I have been a parent, I have come to realize that parenting isn’t about God giving you a chance to impart all the wisdom you’ve amassed in your time on earth to another tiny human being.  Rather, it’s a chance for God to teach us about ourselves in ways we could never have imagined.

This weekend, I’ve been realizing that God takes the same delight in care in giving me things that I do with my little boy.  Yesterday, for instance, I went shopping to get my little guy new things, as he has reached the point where he can drink water and try new foods.  So I purchased a couple of sippy cups and some colorful veggies, and for fun bought him a dapper little outfit for Easter.  Of course, I had to show him all of these things, even though he’s a bit too little to grasp what everything is.  But he was excited because I was excited – and grinned and waved his hands around to express his delight.

My own pleasure in buying my son new things to help him grow gave me a glimpse in how God must feel when He does the same thing.  Sometimes in my life, I don’t necessarily understand what He’s doing, but I should find joy in the fact that He loves me so much and wants me to grow in Him.  If I have fun showering my baby with attention, how much more so must God do the same?

Having a child has taught me how truly incredible it is to be called a child of God.  We are given so much by our heavenly Father through His immense love.  Why would I even doubt that He wants anything but the best for me?  I need to cling tight to the fact that God loves me so much more than I love my son – which is difficult to imagine.  Our loving Father has done everything for us, including sacrificing His only son to demonstrate that love.  Trust in Him – He truly loves you.