Walking past a local elementary school, I watched a smiling little five year boy leave his mother’s car and start running toward the school. However, after a moment, he turned his head back toward his mother who was standing by the car door, and shouted “I love you, Mommy.” She turned and got into the car as he kept running. But then he turned around again, kissed his hand and blew the kiss to her. All the time he was smiling, running, loving. How great it is to be so loved and loving.
As adults, we often forget the time when we were so deeply loved and known by our parents. Or, we never experienced that love in the first place. And thus we feel lost and unattended in the vastness of the universe. Reuben Job provides wonderful insight that as people created by God, we are not orphans in an impersonal world. Rather, he writes, “the Biblical record clearly affirms the fact that God knows us and calls us by name…We belong to God who claims us as beloved children and holds us close in the embrace of strength and love. Listen and remember today the God calls your name and be transformed and sustained in all that awaits you.”
What an incredible relationship! How often do we blow kisses to this our God?
For a variety of reasons, I have been prompted to think of the eternity that awaits us with God. Isaiah dramatically tells us how tightly God holds us; Hebrews talks about the impermanence of this world; and a friend’s poem reminds us of beauty beyond anything we can imagine.
There is so much to do here, so much to see here, so many people to connect with. Yet we are bound by time and aging. We are called to a Life Eternal, still each of us must accept that call.