January 18


Have you ever seen a little girl or boy run, dance, gallop or skip full force into the arms of her or his mommy or daddy? Seeing that child’s freedom and confidence in the love of the parents is such a wonderful and joyful thing to witness! 

As a mommy, oh my goodness! My heart would fill to overflowing as my precious daughters showed their trust in my love and in my arms. At times they would run full out, jumping into my arms for a big hug and kiss, for a crazy twirl in the air or for us to start our next silly dance! 

Other times, my heart would overflow with thankfulness as my girls trusted my love and my arms to comfort and care for their hurt little knees, elbows, chins and broken toys. 

And, later, as my beautiful girls grew older, my heart would overflow with thankfulness, even as my eyes filled and flowed with tears for them, each time they trusted me with their broken hearts, bruised egos, problems and pressures. 

As crazy much as I love my daughters, I know I have not loved them perfectly. And so do they. My daughters have not always been able or willing to run to me with all things, at all times, in all their circumstances with the same freedom and confidence they did as young children. I know this is, in part, a normal phase of growing up – a normal and necessary step for my two precious daughters, and for most people, to grow into adulthood with confidence in their own ability to make their own decisions and deal with their own difficulties. 

Sometimes, however, not trusting another person is also partly because we all are frail, flawed and finite. We just don’t always want to share those things about ourselves that would reveal these truths to others, or even to ourselves. Sometimes, the person with whom we’re sharing just isn’t hearing our hearts or responding to us with the love, attention, understanding, support and compassion that we want from them. I have been on both sides of this trust-respond thing.

Thanks be to God for how different He is from us! How beyond compare and comprehension is the truth that we all may approach our Heavenly Father with full freedom and confidence – with all things, at all times, in all circumstances! And our Holy Abba will love us perfectly. Always.

In Christ and through faith in him 

we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

Ephesians 3:12

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, 

so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Hebrews 4:16

Because of all that Jesus has done for us and through our faith in Him, we can trust our Holy God with full freedom and confidence! We are loved. We are forgiven. We are understood. We are strengthened. We are comforted. We are encouraged. We are safe. We are His. 

So let’s all run – with childlike faith, trust and hope – with full force into the arms and into the presence of our eternally loving, sovereign and intimate Heavenly Father! 

Ready. Set. Go!