GodReflection: God The Nurturer
From one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be required (Luke 12:48).
Life isn’t fair. Why was I born into my family tree rather than into destitute poverty and illiteracy passed from generation to generation?
Why was I born into a family committed to Jesus rather than into a linage with hearts and backs turned against the Holy?
Why did I have parents whose love provided me boundaries, freedom, wings, forgiveness and encouragement?
I have no explanation. Yet, even though I can’t explain it, surely there was more to it than ‘the luck of the draw.’
In reflection, I don’t know if my parents were aware that they mirrored God’s gift of nurture to his children. Our Celestial Father sets boundaries, gives freedom, wings, forgiveness and encouragement.
Could it be that God teaches us how to receive sustenance from the Father so that in turn we can help others discover the same source of Holy Nutrition? Are we blessed to bless?
• God sets boundaries. The Holy Designer who knows my specs knows I need boundaries. When I am within perimeters laid out by The Holy, I function well. I grow. However, when I cross outside the divine design to follow my own will with my own strength, I meet disaster and Satanic ruin. Inside I grow. Outside I waste away.
• God allows freedom to grow. When God placed the freewill gene into my DNA he placed the decision into my hands to accept nurture from him or to starve from malnutrition. The choice is mine to make. Often, I learn by trial and error. On good days I learn through trust. On bad days, not so much.
• God gives wings to fly. The first attempt at flight of a baby bird is not migratory flight. The adventure outside of the nest begins with a series of small hops. The target of initial progress is from nest to a close by branch. Then, a not too distant flutter to another limb within the tree.
With nurture, wing growth and practice the small bird learns to fly. Nor do spiritual wings develop without the practice of life. He knows we will test boundaries. Wings grow and strengthen over a lifetime.
• God lavishes forgiveness. As our Holy Parent, our Father loves us more than we can possibly imagine. He is not caught by surprise when we fail. He stands ready to reach out again and again with gracious forgiveness. He only awaits a tender and sorrow filled heart.
• God offers encouragement. Our Creator not only stands ready to forgive, he is first in line to encourage success. It is hard for us created ones to comprehend. It is a reality so grand I find it difficult to accept. God is always in my corner. More than anyone on earth, Holy God cheers me on to succeed at life. He wants me to live now and forever in his presence.
Paul reminds me the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come (2 Corinthians 5:5).
I’ve enjoyed your presence as you have ‘pondered’ along with me as I’ve looked at God The Nurturer. I find it refreshes my soul and builds my trust to stop and realize anew how little I have to offer toward my own sustenance. My challenge is to learn to rely more on The Holy Designer who designed my specs. I hope I’ve bought deeper into the reality that my growth can come only from the Holy.
Let’s pledge anew to look to Jesus for water that last and bread that satisfies. Let’s be more open to the ever-present invitation to ‘drink coffee with the Holy.’
As this series of post comes to a close, what would you add to help each of us see God The Nurturer as our only source of nutrition?
Remember, no matter where we have been placed in life, we are blessed to bless.
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
A GodReflection: Blessed to Bless