On Monday this week Marilyn, myself and our youngest son John headed down to Cardiff (75 miles from us) to help our second eldest son Michael and our five-year old grandson Reuben move to a new flat in a nicer part of the city, right next to our grandson’s school.
We took our Ford S-Max and once in Cardiff folded the rear two rows of seats flat. Between the S-Max and Michael’s VW Polo we managed to move all his and Reuben’s worldly possessions in three trips across the city. Marilyn remained at Michael’s old flat cleaning while Michael, John and I acted as removal men. After the second trip John stayed at the new flat assembling Lego with Reuben.
My first coffee of the day was delayed until the move had been completed (early afternoon) and we had managed to find coffee, mugs, AeroPress and milk. Food had to wait a little longer and involved a visit to the nearby butcher for pasties and pies, although John and Reuben had small nuggets of chicken from somewhere else. Soon after 4:00pm the three of us headed home leaving Michael with the rest of the unpacking to do, and our grandson eager for some parental attention.
I have helped move Michael a few times before. It all began when he was at University. These days Michael is in his thirties and I am glad that we are still able to support him in this way. It gives us pleasure to be able to help our children, regardless of their age.
The things we do for our children are driven by love. We forgive with ease, and we do our best to forget the times we struggled with their behaviour when they were under the parental roof. We hope that they do the same for us as we didn’t always get the parenting right.
It’s when I think about my family and what it means to me that I begin to realise how much God cares for all of His human children, and how special each of us is to Him. It doesn’t matter what we have done. All he expects in return for His love is a little bit of ours. It costs us nothing to surrender our lives to God, but it cost Him everything to make it possible for us to approach Him in person.
The ability to approach God in person deserves more than brief moments in God’s presence. Given that it cost God so much shouldn’t we trust Him with more than rushed moments? Perhaps then we would begin to understand just how deep God’s love is for us.
And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. (Ephesians 3:18-19 NLT)