Loving What We Can’t See

(I promise the little one above is not mine, but it is a miraculous, life giving, gift!)

“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus from the dead.  Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance-an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay…You love him even though you have never seen him.  Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and rejoice with a glorious inexpressible joy.”
1 Peter 1:3,8 (New Living Translation)
Through trials, uncertainty, triumph, and joy, God is always worthy of our love.  Though we’ve never seen Him, we love Him.  But how can we love something we’ve never seen?
That can be tough sometimes, especially if we feel like God’s not listening, He’s not responding, or He’s not around.  I think this is why it’s so easy to struggle with a wandering heart.  As a quick fix, it’s easy to run after something we feel that will immediately love us back.  
But does it really love us back?  Will it die for us?  Will it offer us the hope of eternal life?  Does it fill us with a glorious inexpressible joy?  We might try to convince ourselves that it does, but does it really?
As my friends are slowly entering into the baby making stage, it’s a beautiful thing to see the connection that develops between a mother and her unborn child from the minute she finds out she’s pregnant.  She’s never even seen the baby, but before it’s the size of a little lentil bean, she is filled with hope, joy, and a devoted love for her child.      
She trusts that all of the nausea, exhaustion, discomfort, and pain is worth it because the result is something so beautiful.  So good.  So life giving.  
In Christ, we are a new creation.  In Him, we have a priceless inheritance.  In Him, we are filled with a glorious, inexpressible JOY!  Though we’ve never seen Him, we love Him, we trust Him, and we can be confident that He’s worth it.  He has given us life! 

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