HE WILL ALWAYS BEND DOWN
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I walked into the auditorium.
Services would begin soon.
People were filling the pews.
People I should greet,
I should welcome,
I should encourage.
Amidst all the bustling and noise
I hear a little voice,
and I stop everything.
It is my 6 year old grandson, excited to recite his bible verse. It takes him a moment, but I smile. I patiently listen.
This is important.
I hear a voice,
it is my 7 year old granddaughter showing me a hurt. Tears are in her eyes as she seeks comfort. I stop. I hold her. I wipe her tears away.
It is my younger grandson,
He is 3. He is asking me for a drink. I lead him into Bapa’s quiet office and hand him my water.
And another Sunday it is my younger granddaughter, she is 5.
She is asking if I can show her how to play the piano. Since she was a baby she has wanted to sit with me there. And so, amidst all the people the piano lulls for a moment as I show her a few notes.
And I stop.
I bend down.
Amidst all the chaos,
Amidst all the responsibilities,
Amidst all the needs,
It all stops around me as I listen,
Because my heart is filled with a love for each of them.
A love that cannot be explained.
And I know.
That is the love my God has for me.
That is my Jesus
Who bends down to listen,
amidst everything this world throws at Him.
He still bends down to listen
He listens when I’m excited,
It doesn’t matter to Him how long I ramble.
He listens when I’m hurt,
and holds me in His arms as He wipes my tears away.
He listens when I’m needy,
and leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul.
He listens when I ask for help.
Despite the millions of cries for help all over the world, in that moment all is quiet to my omnipresent God except my tiny voice among many.
A love I don’t deserve.
A love I have done nothing on my own to merit.
The beautiful love of my Father
for His child.
I am that child.
You are that child.
And just as if you are
His only child in this world,
He will always bend down to listen.