This short story is based upon my father’s love for my mother, in her final years and days on earth, and of course on God’s very real love for us!
Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison. 2 Cor 4:16-17 (NASB)
The husband still desperately loves his frail, helpless, and in his view, absolutely beautiful wife of fifty years. Although he now cares for her as one who fathers a tiresome and dependant infant, this man loves his wife more than he did on their wedding day all those years ago. In his duty, he rarely pauses to consider his difficulty. He only sees the dear companion who needs him, the one who holds his heart, the one who bore his children, the one who wiped his tears when he was vulnerable enough to show them, and the one who remained faithfully by his side through a trying yet ultimately lovely life.
God loves us like this; though we cannot give anything to God that is not already His, He takes sheer delight in our very life and breath, He is patient with our blunders, forgives our sins, and loves us despite our wavering usefulness to the world. Whether we are young and full of vigor, or finding our days nearly spent as an elder, God enjoys loving us through our earthly frailty. He beckons us follow Him in this selfless example of love and to draw hope from His wonderful promise of Heaven, where we will find glory beyond compare.
Will you take God’s strong and capable hand and love this world for Him today? Take some time to accept God’s love for you as well, and rest in the peace and joy of knowing God is preparing a place too wonderful for words, for those who love Him.