"He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart." Isaiah 40:11. God tenderly carries us close to His heart! How sweet are those words? He is the good shepherd. I am so thankful for how much He loves us. My quiet time today about this verse read, "Here is boundless affection. Would He put them close to His heart if He didn't love them very much? Here is tender nearness: so near are they, that they could not possibly be nearer. Here is hallowed familiarity: there are precious love passages between Christ and His weak ones. Here is perfect safety: in His bosom who can hurt them? They must hurt the Shepherd first. Here is perfect rest and sweetest comfort."
God carries us close to His heart because He loves us. He loves us so much because He created us, so much that He paid the ultimate price for us. Though we sin and give in to our flesh, His compassion draws us near through His grace. This week at the BCC, I've been reminded of how God has created each of His children through His craftsmanship. "Yet Lord, You are our Father, we are the clay, and You are our potter; we all are the work of Your hands" Isaiah 64:8. He created each of us uniquely and perfectly, God makes no mistakes. How intentional and sweet our God is. So this week, I wanted to capture how sweet and precious God's children are, not one fingerprint is alike. Not one soul is the same. How much God loves each of us, every single part of us! He not only loves us, He tenderly carries us close to His heart. I'm so thankful for that today.
So here are some pictures that capture how sweet and intentional our God is:
I'm so thankful today. For who our God is, how much He loves us, and that "He has done for them based on His compassions, and the abundance of His faithful love" Isaiah 63:7. Feel so much love, friends!