Is it unconditional love to want her to have a happy, healthy, successful life – and realizing I’ll do everything to get it for her. I’ll wake up before the sun is up to drive to sports practice, I’ll give up my own dreams and desires, both financially and time-wise, to make sure this little munchkin gets every thing she needs to succeed: the best education, the best clothes I can afford. I dream of opening her eyes to wonders this world has to offer , going to Disneyland, and to the ocean, and to the zoo, museums, concerts and plays. Is it unconditional love to want to make this child’s life easy and joyful?
For my oldest, God just whispered in his ear. For my next, God took away all her hopes and dreams, her health and her friends. For my next son, God has allowed him to witness things far beyond what is age appropriate. But, by the grace of God, all are choosing to glorify Him. And they have joyous lives, for there is no joy apart from a life in God’s arms.
I pray for my other two. I pray my eighteen pounder will listen to God’s voice from an early age, but if not, “Whatever it takes, Lord.”
And as for my beautiful teen, I wish I could protect her from any more pain, but she’s walked away from our protection. I just pray she won’t walk away from Gods. I pray that God will do “whatever it takes” to bring her to a place where her only desire is to glorify God.
The scariest prayer to pray is that those you love will have to go through “whatever it takes.” But if “whatever it takes” will bring them to their knees before a holy God – then bring it on.
Unconditional love is praying “Whatever it takes, Lord” even when your earthly desires cry out against such a prayer.