Have you ever been given the great responsibility to baby-sit? It could have been a younger sibling, your first paid job as a young adult, volunteering for friends or family. Having two younger brothers and several younger siblings, I had this chance quite often, one of the things that has inspired me to teach and want a large family someday. It's not always an easy responsibility right? I can remember one time when I baby-sat 4 children from a family at church, all within the age gap of 3 months to 10 years old. Quite chaotic. However, once you bond with the eldest child, they usually give you some help and tips as to working with their younger siblings, which is a great aid. If you're trying to feed them all at once, and lay down the baby and toddler for naps, you may be struggling to get it all done. Thinking of the scenario of babysitting, you can imagine being a Father with billions of children, caring for the needs of each and every single one, and loving everyone equally. Four children was challenging, but billions, not easy for us to comprehend. That's why we cannot even begin to comprehend God, as He is so much greater than what we could begin to fathom, and loves each of us equally, guiding us at every moment of the day. Can you imagine being the parent of billions of children? God is most certainly loving, patient and kind to care for so many children, that's what makes Him God, our Father.
Today's Reading states:'The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want; he makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies; thou anointest my head with oil, my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for ever' (Psalms 23:1-6).
Today's reading talks about how God is our shepherd, watching over His flock, His people. This image of God being the shepherd is used so often to explain God's love for humanity, and it makes sense. A shepherd watches over the flock, caring for each and every sheep to ensure they are fed, safe, and healthy. If one were to run away, He would know. God cares for each and every one of us, no matter our faults, how far we try to run from Him, He loves us. We're all created unique and special in His very image after all. Think about your experiences in baby-sitting and caring for others. Do you love everyone equally, sharing God's love with them through the way you care? Take some time to pray and thank God for being such a loving and caring Father.
Today we pray:
Thank You for helping me to know and see Your will in my life. Help me to let myself be loved by You and to feel special, to live up to the purpose You have for my life.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.