Do you watch movies? I love them! I love the smell of fresh popped popcorn and the taste of the warm butter mixed with salt as you munch your way through scene after scene of suspense, action or romance. I also love watching movies at home, where I can choose from my personal collection or now, thanks to modern technology, buy one from my television provider on demand.
Yesterday afternoon, I came across one of my all time favorite movies, Anna and the King. It’s a beautiful story of two cultures, two rulers and two hearts colliding. It has something in it for every type of movie goer.
There is one scene in the movie that melts my heart every time I see it. The king is seated in the gardens and many of his subjects are seated below him, because it was their culture that no one was allowed to be physically higher than the king. Doing so would result in severe punishment at the very least. Everyone had lowered themselves and then one of his children, he affectionately referred to as Monkey, came into the garden. She failed to lower herself. In fact, she took off running straight for the king and jumped into his arms. His response? He caught her and held her tight, laughing. I think this is a beautiful picture of the Father’s heart for us.
Our Father loves us so much. He loves us enough to send His Son to die for us [John 3:16]. Jeremiah 31:1 tells us of that love,
I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.”
This is better than the movies. Our Father is the Creator of heaven and earth [Genesis 14:19, 2 Kings 19:15]. There is none like Him [Exodus 15:11-12, Psalm 35:10]. Yet, we have access to Him [Romans 5:2, Ephesians 2:18]. Romans 8:35 asks the question,
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
The answer is clear. No one! Nothing! Romans 8:38-39 goes on to say,
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The curtain separating us from the Father was torn in two at the death of Christ [Matthew 27:51]. There is no longer anything separating us from the Him, period. As His children, we don’t just have access, but He longs for us to come running to Him and leap in His welcoming arms [Luke 15:20].
Why do we approach God on trembling legs as if He were some type of monster who would destroy us? He’s our Daddy and He loves us. He’s waiting for us with His arms wide open, just beckoning us to come to Him [Matthew 14:29]. What are you waiting for?