not because I can see it, but by it I can see everything else. —C.S. Lewis

So many people try to define God by bestowing upon Him qualities we find in humans. What we do not understand is that God is INFINITE and can NEVER be defined with finite characteristics. Some say He is loving, but what is “loving” to us. More times than not, our definition has conditions set in stone, that cannot be moved or that we will not move. And when we gaze upon the visage of God, we see Him in the same way we see others and how we imagine others see us. I’ve heard His love compared to a mother’s love for her children, but I’ve heard stories, as I’m sure you all have, of mother’s who should not be mothers, so even though it’s close, this comparison misses the mark.

When I think of God’s love for His children, I just think on His actions. We all have heard, “actions speak louder than words,” and even though it comes off as cliché, it is so because it is TRUE. God sent His son, sacrificed His only Son so that we could be redeemed. He has given us FREE WILL. Do you know what that means?

We so readily and easily blame God for all the bad in the world, and when we do we are essentially telling God, take away everyone’s free will, make us puppets and do not allow us to choose our path (be it right or wrong). I am in no way diminishing the horror that is in the world. It is tragic, and more tragic that this begins with trying to control our life apart from the Being who created that very life.

What we fail to realize is Jesus redeemed us from the bad choices we made, are making and will make, all we have to do is believe. Just believe.

I read this quote: “Even after all this time The Sun never says to the Earth, ‘You owe me.’ Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky.” -Hafiz

Our misstep is when we think we owe God for what He’s done. What we need to realize is that when we TRULY understand God’s grace and love towards us, it’s not a matter of owing God, but simply a matter of being so filled up to overflowing with His love that it spills out of us and is reflected and bounced off of every single person and thing we touch!

“God is not a man that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should change His mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19)