Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Scriptures of Encouragement ~ The Tenderness of God

"But, Daddy, I don't want to go!"

It was time for our grandson to return to his mom's house. Broken homes equal broken hearts. Even when there's no animosity between divorced parents, broken homes still equal broken hearts.

I cuddled him in my lap, wiping his tears. "Do you want me to ride with you and daddy to your momma's house?"

He shook his head up and down.

I sat in the backseat holding his hand, stroking the soft skin. The night was ablaze with a full moon. Its brilliance was glorious, its light reflecting off the snow-laden mountains. 

"Look at the moon," I said. "Did you know that all of creation praises God with its beauty?" My grandson nodded his head once again. As his eyes searched the night sky, I could tell his mind was beginning to focus on blessings rather than his disappointment. We began looking to the heavens in search of evidence of God. Clouds were rolling in over the mountains, their colossal shapes defined by the moonlight.

And then, the Lord showed His tenderness to my grandchild.

"Grandma, look! It's a car! That cloud is a car."

Sure enough, the cloud that had drifted in front of the moon looked exactly like a sports car. There was even a square shape where the trunk would be, complete with fenders and wheels. No, I'm not kidding. I'm sure most of us have found shapes in the clouds, but at night? And a car? Not me.

Even in the magnificence of God, He remains tender toward His child.

My little guy adores cars. Always has. Always will. Just like his daddy. I said, "God just gave you a hug, a special gift just to let you know He loves you." You should have seen the grin. Beautiful.

The "car" remained back-lit from the moon until we reached his momma's house. Together, we rejoiced in the goodness of God. I hugged him goodbye. As my son and I drove back down the mountain road I watched the night sky. The "car" cloud was no longer there. It had morphed into nondescript ripples parading in front of a glorious moon.

"Great are the works of the LORD; 
They are pondered by all who delight in them. 
Glorious and majestic are his deeds, 
and His righteousness endures forever. 
He has caused His wonders to be remembered; 
The LORD is gracious and compassionate." 
~ Psalm 11:2-4, NIV

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  1. Nan, I absolutely loved this. I couldhelp that you were showing Jamison the tenderness of God as you held him in your arms. That's just how the Lord is with us. When we feel like we can't go another step, He's there to pick us up and hold us close. I also was thinking of the "car" in the clouds. I have no doubt that God meant that for Jamison to reassure him of how much he is loved and cared for by a truly magnificent God. Love you, precious friend!

    1. Hey Jamie girl! Thanks for stopping by. The Lord astounds me over and over again with tender moments for His children. This is one Jamison will likely never forget. Love you!

  2. Hi Nan! What a tender Grandmother you are to your little grandson. What a soft and protective place for him to land. Wow.
    The cloud was just a miracle, wasn't it? Right there for even a child to see. God knows exactly what we all need to deal with life's crosses. Yes, especially the children.
    God bless you Nan, as I am sure he does every day,

    1. Yes, Ceil. The cloud was absolutely a miracle and a beautiful lesson about God's love for us. We watched the cloud for at least 15 minutes. It held its shape until my grandson arrived at his mom's house. After he went in, the cloud began to dissolve. Coincidence? Ummmm....I don't think so **wink**