While recently sitting in a public place, I witnessed something that gave me pause. I was watching a mother lovingly touch her daughter’s hair. It was a beautiful, tender thing. I was drawn to the image and touched at the sweet moment I witnessed. Then….the teenage daughter shooed her mother away. It caused a surprising reaction in me. I almost began crying as I felt that mother’s pain and my own.
Maybe it’s because I’m on the heels of my late mother’s birthday or maybe because Mother’s Day is coming up, but it has haunted me for a few weeks. There was a longing in the mom and a desire for independence in the daughter. Both are such important and intense feelings and both can bring us to our knees.
I wanted to tell the mom- fight for her. BEG her to let you play with her hair and be your little girl if only for a moment.
I wanted to tell the daughter-don’t let the opportunity for your mom’s love to go unnoticed.
I said neither of those things.
I went on with my day like I always do, but this did not leave me. I know personally this struck me as a mom and a daughter. What I didn’t think about until the weeks following was the impact it had on me spiritually.
God wants to love on us and spend time with us. He is ready whenever we are. How many times do we push Him away and say
He will not push us into a relationship with Him, but He wants one.
He wants to tenderly hold us and care for us when we are hurting.
He wants to share in our joys and our pain.
Why don’t we let Him?
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