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How Much Does Daddy Love You?

Me at 3
When I was young and before things went crazy, there was a special question my father would ask me.

He would say, "How much does Daddy love you?"

I would reply, "As big as the ocean."

I'm sure I was taught that response. I don't really remember. I do know that it was automatic. Every time he would ask, I would reply. When I was three, I got to see the ocean for the first time. The story goes that I stood in awe. All I could say was, "So that's how much my daddy loves me."

Source: Etsy
"I crave a love so deep the ocean would be jealous." 

It's obvious this quote is referring to a romantic love, but that's not where my mind went when I read it. I thought, I want to love God like that. I want to be so fully enveloped that His light is the only thing people see when they look at me.

Have you ever stopped to think about how many songs compare the Christian experience to the ocean?

Jesus Culture's "Your Love Never Fails"

And when the oceans rage
I don't have to be afraid
Because I know that You love me
Your love never fails

John Mark McMillan's "How He Loves"

And we are His portion and He is our prize,
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes,
If his grace is an ocean, we're all sinking.

Hillsong United's "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)"

When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

These are just a few.

See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. (1 John 3:1)

Life is so great, His love and grace are so great, that our human minds cannot comprehend them. The best we can do is to compare them to the greatest expanse that we know. The Ocean.

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-39)

Not only is His love great, but there is nothing that we can do that can separate us from it.

The next time you are having a bad day, when you are struggling and cannot see a way out, ask yourself, "How much does Daddy love me?" and reply, "Bigger than the ocean".


Comments

  1. Some very good thoughts. I never thought of His love in reference to the ocean, but when we consider the length, width, and depth it certainly does give us a great picture. I saw a verse today, Col. 1:20 which says God has reconciled everything to Himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and earth by means of he blood of the Cross. Consider the fact that He brought peace to everything, everything in heaven and in earth, not just salvation for our sins through the cross. Papou

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