before

Before we knew, before we felt, before we breathed, before we experienced anything–God loved us.  He knew the day we would be created, the day we would first move in our mother’s womb, the first day we would breathe air.  He knew the first time we would be held when we cried, the first time we would experience failure.  The first time we knew we could accomplish a difficult task.

God knew these things about us before we ever breathed a single lung-full of air.

God knew, before we were ever on this earth, that we would never be able to meet the Holiness Standard He would set for us.  He knew, before we were ever here that we would need a Savior.

And He created us anyway.

God loved us before we even knew what Love was, how to feel it, how to experience it, how to share it.  God loved us.

There is no way, not now, not ever, that we will ever be able to give back to God what He has given us.

He began loving us before the world began, before He even spoke it into being.

We matter that much to God.  We are precious to Him.  He knew we would fail, we would doubt, we would fear, we would be angry, bitter, resentful, lacking mercy, unforgiving, judgmental people, and He still created us.

He knew we would never understand fully, this side of Heaven, and He created us anyway.

What kind of Love does that?

Only God.

Only God would love us in spite of our failings, in spite of our brokenness, in spite of ways we have made a mess of ourselves.

We love each other because God taught us how to love.  We forgive because God taught us how to forgive.  We give mercy and grace to others because God gave us mercy and grace to us.

And all of this happened before we were even here.  That is the kind of God we serve, the kind of God we love, the kind of God we believe in.

Praise the Lord, for all He will do before we can even imagine it– if we are obedient to His leadings.

About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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