I took this picture in December 2016. On the left is my daughter Kaila, who is 5. On the right is my daughter Emily, who is 4. Kaila, as some of you might know from past blogs, has spina bifida. And though she is being healed, her walking is till a struggle, among other things.
I wanted to use this picture with this verse because of Emily. The love she has for her sister. Is this kind of love taught to her? Is it innate, written on her heart by GOD? Maybe.
There are times that the girls will bring toys down stairs to play with in the living room. It drives me nuts, but I understand why they do it. To “be with the family”. I’ll ask them to take their toys back upstairs. Sometimes they complain but eventually do it. Emily, is the one who will take the toys she brought down, as well as the ones hers sister brought down. She knows that her sister can’t just..run on upstairs…to put the toys back. So, she will help her by taking her sisters “load”. She loves her so much. It isn’t that Kaila will not do it, because i will make her, but Emily doesn’t seem to mind to help her sister out.
Every day I will pick Emily up from preschool, and she will ask, “Are we going to pick up sissy?” Every day I say the same thing, “Yes as soon as we get parked and put our stuff away.” (We live across the street from the school) She is always concerned about her sister. So we head on over wait for Kaila and go head home. As we are walking, Emily will always grab the handle to Kaila’s wheel chair and walk right beside her. Sure, she could be doing it as being an obedient little girl, by staying with momma. However, she will laugh and talk with Kaila all the while, sharing with each other their day.
When Kaila cries Emily will cry. They are definitely connected. And the definitely share a bond. Two best friends.
Often times Emily will carry Kaila’s canes as we walk from our van to the church doors. Voluntarily. Emily, will run to help Kaila by getting her braces, clothes, socks, catheters, etc. Again….voluntarily. She has given up bites of her food for her and sips of her drink. (She doesn’t always do it for her brother but.. sometimes) All this, and she is only four! Is it her love for her sister? Yes.
I think of all that she does for her sister, and I think of this verse…
“and walk in love, as Christ loves us and gave Himself up for us…” Ephesians 5:2
I think of this verse too..
“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friend” John 15:13
My little Emily understand how to help others out. Helping those that she loves. She understands sacrificing for others. If i ask her to share a drink ..she will. If i say “let her/him try some of it” ..she will. My four year old is demonstrating what Christ did for us. though she may not understand what she is doing fully. She does understand she is doing it for someone she loves. Because she cares.
If my four year old can figure this out and do it with love..why can’t adults? The innocence of a child? Perhaps. Is it written on her heart? I believe so.Even more so for us. We who have a more “mature” walk with the Lord should demonstrate that love towards others. In our church, in our community, in our families.
Emily’s tender heart seems to know when mommy is sad, way before anyone else knows. She runs to give hugs freely to me. Maybe she is called to such a purpose to help others. I am not sure. But I see her sweet giving heart and it reminds me of Gods sacrifice for us.God speaks through our children.
“Beloved , let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.” 1 John 4:7
We are to be walking in love as Christ did for us. Walking in love as my little Emily does for her sister. Freely giving. Freely loving. Freely helping. Sacrificial love.
It takes giving up our selfish needs (speaking to myself too). We can only give what has been given to us. If Gods love is poured into us we can pour it out to others. But, we can’t give unless we have received ourselves this kind of love.His love he gives to us, no matter what we have done.He lavishes it on us. We don’t deserve His love but he gives it freely.
I pray that as we start this new year, that we truly receive Gods love like never before. That we demonstrate that love for others like never before. Time is short. The Lord is coming soon. We need to show others this love that Christ showed us. They need to know How much God loves them.