My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it. – Mark Twain
Do you ever wonder if God gets as frustrated with Her children as human mothers get with theirs? I do, after all humans are a miscreant bunch. But unlike human mothers God the Mother has infinite patience and while She could wipe out the earth in a nanosecond and start over, She loves us in spite of ourselves.
What lessons can I glean from such love? The biggest would be love itself and along with that, patience. As humans we are not given to patience – we want what we want and we want it right now. In order to better understand Love, I read a book of quotations by Mother Teresa. She writes of having a love and patience that only the most tried and tested people have. I don’t know that I could ever give up everything the way she and her sister-nuns did. A man offered them a generator but she refused because it might lead to other things like a dish washer or washing machine. (She did accept some kerosene lamps from him.) She felt it necessary to live as the people she was ministering to did.
The love I have for others is nowhere near the Love God has for me, and maybe, because I am human-childless, I will never know the love, understanding and forgiveness a mother has for her children. But God does not call me to do something I am completely incapable of. She knows I will never know the love of a mother for her child. She knows I will never know the type of love She has for Her creations. She knows the depth of love I am able to attain and that is what I am tasked with achieving. And, because She does love me, in the words of Mother Teresa: “God does not demand that I be successful. God demands that I be faithful. When facing God, results are not important. Faithfulness is what is important.”
Knowing and believing in a loving God, not a taskmaster, vengeful or judgmental God makes all the difference in my life. I am learning of this Loving God who is so new to my understanding and each day I grow stronger in Her Love.