As a young child, my daughter, Heidi was a good snuggler. When I held her on my hip, it was like she molded into my side. Sometimes she would cling to me with all her might but usually we would just walk around together with neither one of us even using our hands to hold on. I could cook a meal, start the laundry, or vacuum the floor and there she would sit, perfectly attached to my side. My Grandma used to say “Put that child down or she’ll never learn to walk,” but I didn’t care. I carried Heidi everywhere. As long as she was right by my side, I never worried about her wandering off or getting hurt. Snuggled in my arms, I knew she was safe. She certainly seemed to know she was safe too.
But not everyone is a good snuggler. Some kids are so active, they give you a good hug but the next minute they’re ready to get down. Other kids feel like dead weight in your arms. Carrying them feels like you’re carrying a box of books instead of a cuddly child. And of course there are the kids that do not want to be held under any circumstances. They push against you when you hold them making their desire to escape painfully clear. It’s sad really. Because you know that every child could use a good snuggle.
Of course, the true master of the good snuggle is God. God wants to do more than carry you through life. He wants for you to fall into His loving arms and mold yourself into Him until you are a perfect fit. James 4:8 says “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” In this verse the word “draw” means to “join one thing to another”. God does not want to shake hands with you or give you a pat on the back. God wants you to fold yourself into His loving arms until you are completely joined together.
Despite the sweetness of falling into God’s loving embrace, we’ve all been tempted to break away. Are there’s still times you give God a quick hug, then hurry on your way? Or do you sometimes sit in God’s arms like a box of books unwilling to draw close. Painfully, we’ve each taken our turn pushing God away when we so desperately needed to draw deeper into His loving arms. Leaving God’s embrace can bring feelings of excitement, independence, or determination but do we feel safe? No. True safety only comes from the arms of God.
Some of my sweetest memories of being a mom is of carrying Heidi. I’ve no doubt that God has sweet thoughts of you as you slowly nestled down into His arms. Can you imagine resting your head upon His shoulder and folding yourself into His embrace? Draw near to God, my friend, and He will draw near to you.