It’s been one of those mornings…not yet 10:30 and already 2 children have been sent back to their beds for disrespectful behavior. I want to blame it on Mondays, but it’s certainly not contained to this day of the week. Sadly. I bet it would be easier to navigate if I knew it was only going to be like this on Mondays.
We’re studying the book of Romans this year in BSF, and this week we came to Romans 8:38-39 – “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Not a thing can separate us from His love. What a beautiful truth.
One question in our lesson drove this home – asking us to paraphrase this passage, using our own struggles.
Is there anyone else out there that struggles with wanting to *earn* God’s love? Sure, I know that’s not how it works, but still when I sin over and over, I feel I’ve failed Him and that He probably doesn’t like me so much anymore. Sounds silly when I type it out…
In 2017, I read a book called Unseen by Sara Hagerty. I walked away reminded that God loves me, likes me, delights in me, in the quiet places where I’m not seen by anyone else. He doesn’t just tolerate me because He has to, but He actually delights in me just because I’m His creation. (Go read the book. It’s worth your time.)
So, along those same lines, here is my personal paraphrase of Romans 8:38-39…
For I am sure that my pride, my yelling in anger, my selfishness, my frustration at constant chaos, my fear of failing as a wife and mother, my desire for human affirmation, my greed for nicer things, my dirty floors and walls and laundry piles…none of this will separate me from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus.
Despite the dirty places in my heart, He loves me. Despite my constant failures to act righteously, He loves me. He loves me. He loves me.
Nothing can separate us from His love. What a beautiful truth.
(Note – I know the pictures of my sweet girl don’t have much to do with the text…but isn’t she pretty?)