“I think there’s an invisible string that joins moms to their children when they’re not together. They might be called heart-strings.”
My 7-year-old, in her infinite wisdom beyond her years, uttered this statement during bedtime the other night. I had returned from a weekend trip with my oldest daughter and had to leave my youngest behind for three days.
As a parent, it is never easy to be separated from your children. Some parents know this far better than I do. It is something that cuts to our core. Our children feel it too.
There is something that connects us – something often difficult to explain. If you have that connection, you know it, and nothing else compares. Nothing else can fill the void you feel when you’re apart.
I think this is true of our relationship with the God of the universe too. He loves us intimately and wants us to be connected. There is an invisible string that connects us to Him and there is nothing else in this world that can fill the God-sized, God-shaped void in our lives, though we all have tried substitutes.
My daughter is a cuddler. She craves physical connection, much like I do, in order to feel loved. If you’re like me, this can make it difficult to feel loved by a God who often feels so far removed from our physical presence. Just like with a child, when you spend time with God (through prayer, reading His word, communing with nature), you begin to feel surrounded by a warmth, a comfort, and a peace. There is absolutely nothing on earth that comes close to a heavenly hug.
I will say, though … being a mom is a close second.