Dawn Tolbert

Writer
#366Days

He loves me. He loves me not. He loves me. #366Days Day 263

When I was a little girl, I remember pulling petals off of a flower, repeating the classic lines:

He loves me. 

He loves me not. 

He loves me. 

He loves me not. 

Sometimes the flower would have an even number of petals — bad news for a young heart — and sometimes it would work out just right, the way I’d hoped. 

Problem is, at the end, all I was left with was a useless stem and a pile of damaged petals. My situation hadn’t really changed at all. 

Sometimes, it seems we want to play the same game with God. We want to determine by our own reasoning — or something as silly as the number of petals on a flower — how He really feels about us. 

So, we pull off one petal and think things like If God loves me, would He allow this? 

Then, if God loves me, wouldn’t He have made sure I had that?

And on and on we reason our way so that we ourselves become the empty stem, useless, not pretty at all, having sacrificed the God-given beauty of our petals to our own questions. 

I can tell you the answer and save some petal-pulling. 

He loves you. 

He loves me. 

And He is good. 

And we can count on Him. 

Anyone or anything that tries to tell us differently is spreading lies from the pit of Hell. Including us, when we doubt His love and goodness. 

James 5:10-11 tells us “Take the old prophets as your mentors. They put up with anything, went through everything and never once quit, all the time honoring God. What a gift life is to those who stay the course! You’ve heard, of course, of Job’s staying power, and you know how God brought it all together for him at the end. That’s because God cares, cares right down to the last detail.”

I had one of those nights where even my dreams seemed to be whispering lies to my heart. I’m so thankful that God’s mercies are new every morning — new THIS morning — and that He reminded me of His great love for us. 

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