Picking Daisies

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! —1 John 3:1

I can recall when in grade school my eyes first met those of a brown-eyed girl seated a couple of rows away from me. It’s hard to put into words, but something happened. It was my first case of “puppy love.” Those were the days when we’d take a daisy and pluck off its petals one by one, all the while saying with a certain person in mind, “She loves me, she loves me not.” Oh, how it hurt when the daisy’s last petal was “she loves me not.”

This reminds me of a little girl who came running into the house one morning, sobbing. “What’s wrong, dear?” her mother asked. Throwing herself into her mother’s arms, she cried, “God doesn’t love me anymore.” “Of course He does,” the mother said reassuringly. “No, He doesn’t,” the child sobbed. “I know He doesn’t because I tried Him with a daisy.”

The only reliable way to know that God loves us is to consider everything He does for us each day. And if there’s still any doubt, think of what He did to save us! The Bible says, “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

We can be confident of God’s unfailing love because He has proven it beyond all question. Yes, His love is a sure thing.

Richard De Haan

I am so glad that our Father in heaven
  Tells of His love in the Book He has given;
  Wonderful things in the Bible I see—
  This is the dearest, that Jesus loves me.

Bliss

God loves each one of us as if there were but one of us to love.

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