I was fortunate to have a lot of those memorable, mountain-top God moments in my young adult life. I attended youth gatherings in high school, led bible study for my peers in college, had countless God moments with kids and co-workers at a Christian summer camp. I knew God, I understood who God was for me.
At least that is what I thought…
When my son was very young – I had the rare opportunity to go outside on a run. It was a perfect day – a cool, light breeze, a beautiful peaceful sky. I was listening to one of my favorite bands, Tenth Avenue North, when I heard the song “By Your Side.”
As I ran, I was for the first time really able to listen and reflect upon the words of this song. It talks about how God’s hands are holding you, and when you fall, or when you call for Him he will be by your side. (Full lyrics can be found here: http://www.lyrics.com/by-your-side-lyrics-tenth-avenue-north.html)
This song was written about God’s love for us, but I thought how perfectly it reflected the love I had for my new son. In that moment I realized that as a parent I could begin to understand God in a new way. I could begin to experience the sacrificial love that God has for each one of us.
See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. 1 John 3:1
My son is almost 6 years-old now, and I am not so ignorant to believe that I know who God is. Everyday I work to find God in my life – and pray that He will continue to reveal himself to me in new ways.