“Daddy, we’re like God’s pets,” my sweet 5-year-old daughter told me after we finished watching an episode of Doc McStuffins.
My first thought was, ‘No Anna, we are much more important to God than stuffed animals!” But thankfully I caught myself, and am glad it remained, just a thought. Instead, I asked a very important question. How is that Anna?”
What followed was straight from the heart of God through my daughter’s mouth.
“Well, Doc takes care of all the pets and loves them no matter what they look like. And she fixes them up so they are new again!”
A content smile formed across Anna’s face, very pleased with herself for that synopsis. And a similar smile crossed my face, and I can imagine her Heavenly Father’s face as well. She got it. Better than I get it sometimes.
Children love and care for their pets, sometimes more than the real people that are in their lives. Likewise, God, our Father, cares for us with an infinite love.
I love God’s message to His people through the prophet Jeremiah in chapter 31.
The Lord appeared to him from afar, saying,
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.
4 “Again I will build you and you will be rebuilt,
Let your Father embrace you and tell you how much He loves, no matter what things in your life feel banged up or broken. In the words of Doc McStuffins, He knows just how to ‘fix you up, ready to go!”