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Daisy-Petal Hope

IMG_0121“He loves me, he loves me not.” I plucked the white daisy petals, deciding the outcome of my childhood crush.

Years later during a Sunday church service, daisies on my dress stirred those memories as I waited for my pastor-husband Mike to call me to the platform. He had asked me to share the long journey of praying for my father to come to Christ. First we watched the Billy Graham video “Hope for America—a Message of the Cross.”

As I waited for my cue, the white-and-yellow daisies on a background of black seemed to blossom on my dress. The Lord put in my heart an image of plucking flower petals and suggested the daisies that represented a young girl’s hope—hope for love—still covey a message of hope…hope found in the kind of love that goes to the cross.

As a young girl, I longed for love—especially from a father.

Starting in childhood we form beliefs about love. Beliefs about God often shape what we think about love. In The Knowledge of the Holy, A.W. Tozer writes, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”

There may be unbelief in God’s existence. We may believe there is a God but form wrong thoughts about him.

  • God is a cosmic cop watching our every move, ready to bust us for every wrong turn and slap us with justice.
  • God is a disciplinary father-figure punishing us for poor choices with stern consequences.
  • God is like our earthly father who abandoned us physically or emotionally—perhaps both. We cannot count on him.

As a child I wasn’t sure what I thought about God, but as a teen I came to believe in God, who sent his Son Jesus to pay the penalty for my sins.

Every other weekend I saw my father, a self-proclaimed atheist. He often said, “People think there is a God, but there isn’t.” At sixteen, when I came to Christ, I started praying for my father to believe in God and accept Christ as Lord.

Sixteen years later when I was thirty-two, my father accepted Christ. He finally realized there was a God—a God who loved him and wanted him.

God is not the earthly pictures we paint. There is a God. He loves us. He is love. Love originated with him and from him. His love is not conditional on anything we do or don’t do. And his love is not based on some whimsical hope of the last flower petal landing on “he loves me.” It’s the hope of true love found in the cross.

Plucking petals from a flower, we can never say about God, “He loves me not.” It is always, “He loves me, he loves me. Jesus loves me, God, you love me, you love me, you love me, you love me!”

 

© 2014 by Karen Friday

June 14, 2014 at 6:36 pm | Uncategorized


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Tammy Kilgore says:

my favorite so far!

karentfriday says:

Thank you Tammy! you are sweet! All glory to the Lord who speaks through us and gives words to our hearts.

Elaine Gilbert says:

I love this, Karen. such sweet memories from a blessed truch

karentfriday says:

thank you Elaine. yes, it clearly painted a picture for me that day on God’s unfailing love. I love when the spirit speaks to us with such sweetness.

Jo Ann Fore says:

this is beautiful. much like you. love the way you weave encouraging words and truths, my friend.

karentfriday says:

Thank you Jo Ann. This coming from one of my favorite authors and good friend…whoot! 🙂

Sherri Wilson says:

I love this story. After hearing it I took a bunch of daisies to my grandbaby’s grave and just repeated, Jesus loves me, Jesus loves you, over and over and it brought me peace. Thank you Karen, love ya! 🙂

karentfriday says:

So sweet! Yes, Jesus loves Quinten, and you, and me…and us all! Love you!

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