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That Must Be How God Looks At Us....

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The steam room at my gym has a huge glass window to look out. Streaked with moisture you have to focus hard to make out the images and movements at times.

Saturday I sat there alone, trying to turn three or four minutes into fifteen, staring out that window. I watched a man with his special needs adult child sit in the hot tub. The dad cradled his son on his lap, holding tight around his waist. The son, complete with floaties on each arm, splashed the water and appeared to be having a really good time. When the water jets turned off, the dad moved him towards the steps and railing. Each move was deliberate and I could hear the dad softly encourage him as he tried to navigate the stairs. The son slipped a few times and as we are often want to do, tensed up. His dad held him from behind and continued to encourage him. The whole endeavor took about five minutes to navigate ten feet. Once out of the tub dad secured him in his wheel chair and headed off towards the showers. I couldn't hear their conversation but it sounded animated and light.

I sat there, sweat dripping from my nose, and the thought struck me "That must be how God looks at each of us." He doesn't much care about the miscues, the stumbles and falls. He's right there behind me ready to put his arms around my waist and steady me before I move on. He is patient and loving and really doesn't care how long it takes to navigate ten feet or ten miles. God simply loves. While he retains the right to judge, he doesn't. He encourages, guides and loves.

The stuff you learn in a steam room, hey?

Namaste
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OPTIMIST1948 3/26/2013 6:55AM

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LIVINGFREE19 3/25/2013 5:19PM

    emoticon blog!

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RODYANNE 3/25/2013 3:41PM

  A wonderful blog and great identification piece in it. Inspirational.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 3/25/2013 6:33AM

    I'll add another Amen!

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MARCYNA 3/24/2013 9:19AM

    Lovely, John....let me add, this is the way we should look at each other. I'm sure you already do so, while I'm still learning.
Love,
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AJDOVER1 3/21/2013 1:01PM

    Thanks, John. You're an amazing guy.

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GEEMAWEST 3/20/2013 7:37PM

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MARITIMER3 3/20/2013 6:34PM

    What a lovely blog, John. I can almost feel His arms around me as I read it.
Gail

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DAYSPRING-STAR 3/20/2013 8:31AM

    I like how your blog started me thinking about how God must look at me. I'll tell you, my humble opinion is that along with all that love He holds me in, He surely must have a great sense of humor. I can imagine a chorus of laughter at times actually with the inclusion of a multitude of angels as they overlook my antics. It's a light, heart warming laugh, like the innocently infectious giggle of my 5 yr old granddaughter. God touches me is so many ways; I am thankful that today He worked through you. Happy first day of Spring... here's to a new season for loving... as God would have us do. emoticon

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MYGOLDENBOYS3 3/20/2013 7:37AM

    emoticon This was a very heart warming blog. Your thoughts and inspiration are soothing!

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OBIESMOM2 3/20/2013 6:26AM

    I love your point of view.

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MOM2NATURE 3/19/2013 7:21PM

    Thank you from the parent of an adult child with special needs. It's nice to know that we can inspire by doing the 'every day stuff.' Sometimes it's disheartening. God bless you for helping me see through another's eyes!

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/19/2013 6:56PM

    emoticon Namaste.

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ANATASHIKI 3/19/2013 5:16PM

    thank you , I needed to hear this today emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 3/19/2013 4:47PM

    Brilliant....it is great what we learn when we are out and about doing everyday things....

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1PEACEBUNNY 3/19/2013 2:48PM

    That was so beautiful, simple and inspiring. I am continually humbled everyday by the simple acts of God opening my eyes to his magnificence even by you sharing this story. Thank you. emoticon

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KT-NICHOLS-13 3/19/2013 2:14PM

    That was a beautiful moment you witnessed.
I'm leaning heavily on my faith right now and you're right, "God simply loves."

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/19/2013 2:04PM

    Yep, the guy sounded like an amazing father and we all have one as well.

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REGILIEH 3/19/2013 1:52PM

    AMEN!!! Once again such beautiful insight! Thank you for letting me see through your beautiful sight!!!! emoticon

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WORLDSERIES11 3/19/2013 1:11PM

    That was beautiful John!! Thanks for the lovely thoughts.

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NILLAPEPSI 3/19/2013 11:04AM

    Whew! I needed a tissue for this one. You are so right -- God does love us like that. I really believe with all my heart that if we truly knew how much God loves us, we'd be totally blown away -- our lives would be so very different. emoticon for sharing your ponderings from the steam room. emoticon

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SLIMLEAF 3/19/2013 10:43AM

    What a great and inspired blog. I wonder if it's the first one to have originated in a steam room?!

Our God is, indeed, mose wonderfully kind. emoticon

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SHERIO5 3/19/2013 10:08AM

    Amen!

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NASFKAB 3/19/2013 9:10AM

  what an awesome blog thanks

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NCSUE0514 3/19/2013 9:04AM

    At a point when I was really down on myself and felt worthless, unloved, and unlovable, I gave myself an assignment - at least twice a day I read Psalm 139. I did this for several weeks. Gradually the message sank into my soul:

God knew well in advance every unkind, sinful thing I would ever do in my life - all the things that I thought made me feel "worthless, unloved, and unlovable". He knew all this, and although he could well have decided otherwise, he chose to create me anyway. He loved me despite everything I could ever do to make him turn away from me, and knowing all this, he created me.

That, dear friend, is love.

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VICKI-B- 3/19/2013 8:42AM

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LOVINGKATE 3/19/2013 8:19AM

  We have such an awesome God!! He loves with out conditions. He just loves. Very well written John. You have a beautiful day. God bless. emoticon

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JEWELLE217 3/19/2013 8:16AM

    "That must be how God looks at each of us." He doesn't much care about the miscues, the stumbles and falls. He's right there behind me ready to put his arms around my waist and steady me before I move on. He is patient and loving and really doesn't care how long it takes to navigate ten feet or ten miles. God simply loves. While he retains the right to judge, he doesn't. He encourages, guides and loves.

Thanks for passing on that important message this morning. I REALLY needed to hear that.

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Deb

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