“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” 1 John 3:1, NIV
I’ve used a hand held mixer for almost 30 years. And it’s helped me mix some delicious batters for others to enjoy … plus me! I appreciated my little mixer and sort of got attached to it over time. It enabled me to bring joy into my family members’ and friends’ lives by way of yummy cakes and cookies.
But let me tell you something amazing.
Today I used my brand-new stand mixer for the first time. A mother’s day gift from my son, Everett, and his beautiful wife, Anna, this mixer equals l-o-v-e. They delighted in purchasing it for me, wrapping it up, and watching me open it. After using this appliance, I understand why they wanted me to have one: it’s incredible! The longer I used it, the more I loved it. Who knew how simple it could be for batter to beat together on its own, allowing me to add ingredients as needed? No more balancing the hand mixer or setting it down between adjustments. Everything felt so easy. Why did I wait so long to own one of these?
Everett and Anna gave this mixer to me out of love, and I use it to express love. For instance, today is my son Zachary’s 22nd birthday, so the cake batter I mixed earlier formed the almond pound cake he requested for dessert. Yum, yum.
During this happy experience in the kitchen, which isn’t always the case, the Holy Spirit brought a spiritual comparison to mind: God didn’t just do what was necessary to “get the job done” when it came to our salvation. He poured His heart into it. He sent His only beloved Son and wrapped Him in human form. He delights in seeing us “open” the gift of His Son by receiving Jesus with joy and placing our faith in Him. Yet God doesn’t stop there. He pours His love on us over and over and over. Like the difference between my hand mixer, that gets the job done, and my stand mixer, that cadillac of mixing, God lavishes His love on you and me.
Some of us are experiencing tough times, which saddens me. We ache for one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. Whether we carry burdens, wrestle with anxieties, or feel worn out with health problems, please hear me say,
We might think we can handle it, and we might do a pretty decent job juggling everything plus keeping ourselves afloat. However. Relying on God is So. Much. Better. Maybe we don’t understand that because we’re used to facing difficulties alone, thinking we just need to push through. We don’t know how much better it could be.