“He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.” – Psalm 18:19
Alice grew up in strict churches. She had a mental image of God as a mob boss, demanding and cold. Strict and unrelenting.
So, Alice spent all of her time trying to be the good girl. She got the best grades, went to a college her church approved of, and married a man her parents adored.
Despite the fact that her life looked good on the outside, Alice felt like she was falling apart on the inside. She was always worried she was disappointing God and she lived in constant fear.
It wasn’t until her baby boy became sick that Alice finally approached God. “I fell apart, right there in the hospital room where my four month old baby was sleeping. For the first time, I admitted that I couldn’t do it all. It was the first time I’d ever asked God for help.”
That was the day, Alice realized that God loved her and truly delighted in her. “Not because I follow the rules or do all the right things but because He loves me, as His child, no doing required.”
God, sometimes, it’s easy to believe that it all rests on my shoulders. On those days, help me to remember that You delight in me. That You love me and You’re the One holding everything together. In Jesus’ name, Amen.