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I Love You. Yeah.

While my daughter had an appointment last week, I enjoyed the privilege of time with our two-year old grand-daughter, Beatrix, often called “B” for short. Time with grandchildren sometimes enters a realm that I can only call profound. Without the pressures of parenting, I relish being able to simply observe. 

Soulful eyes adorn our Beatrix. From the day she was born, she has looked intently at the world and me as if she already ponders truths beyond her age and experience. Her eyes mesmerize me.

B has learned many tricks of the trade from her older sister. Lucy, often referred to as “Lu,” began kindergarten this year,. And so, on this occasion Beatrix enjoyed Nana all to herself. When Lucy comes over, she will head directly to the craft cupboard in my kitchen. Here lies her creativity treasure: markers, paints, crayons, stickers, feathers, pipe cleaners, glue, playdough and so much more. 

Without Lucy leading the way, Beatrix bypassed this magical cupboard to go upstairs where we found the puppets and nursery rhyme books. Methodically and one by one, Beatrix tried on every single finger puppet. After careful examination, she would then pass it to me. I, too, was required to examine each one, notice some details and try it on for size. This led to singing a song or reciting a rhyme. Systematically we repeated this process until we cleared all of the puppets out of the basket. What charmed me most was that B was in no hurry. She had absolutely no regard for time. In fact, time stood still. We simply delighted in being together – playing, singing and enjoying each other’s presence. 

After playing in this most unhurried way, B eventually made her way down to “the cupboard.” She peered within, thought about it, and then inquired, “Paint?” Let me just say, when those soulful eyes meet yours and invite you to paint, your heart melts like butter over a hot fire and you find yourself spontaneously agreeing as if there is nothing else in the world to be done. “Yes! Let’s paint!” 

Together we pull out plain, white paper, a tray of Crayola watercolors, and paint brushes, and then we fill a pretty but inexpensive China cup halfway with water. In B’s mind, she has outgrown her booster seat. So with great confidence, she props herself up onto a kitchen chair and wets the brush. She knows exactly what to do. Her eyes carefully study the paper as orange pops vividly against the white page. Quiet as can be, she carefully experiments with the water and paint colors. 

I sit next to her with my own paper and a paint brush such that we share the same tray of paints. She is studious, and for a long while my kitchen is quiet. I break the silence with a “Beatrix…” 

“Beatrix, I love you.”

You know her response? Those soulful eyes look into mine and she says, “Yeah.” 

A simple, informal, “Yes.” 

Beatrix spoke this “yeah” in the most matter-of-fact way as only a child can do. Her “yes” was a declaration of her faith in Nana’s love. Her simplicity and profundity whole-heartedly proclaimed that she knew way down to the bottom of her little heart that she was beloved. In knowing that she is beloved, she consequently experienced pure, unadulterated contentment. Contentment to just sit together at the table and enjoy the beautiful colors of the world.

Can we know God’s love in such a way? 

Indeed. Christmas affirms this truth. 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”

John 3:16-17

Why did God send Jesus?

It’s simple: Because He loves the world. God sees beyond the brokenness and madness of sin, and through Jesus, God draws near. Without pomp and circumstance, His actions whispered, “I love you.” 

Imagine what it would look like to whole-heartedly receive God’s “I love you” with quiet and fearless affirmation – “Yeah.” A “yes” that snuggles in and declares “I know You love me, God.” What a simple yet perfect prayer response! What complete trust in His love! Imagine the contentment, the satisfaction, the peace, and the joy of merely basking in God’s presence with a fresh canvas ahead and being able to enjoy the colors of the world with Him.

Friend, if I could wish anything for you for Christmas, it would be that you (and all my dear ones) would fully comprehend God’s love. 

You are beloved by God. 

As you are.  God could not love you more or less if you were naughty or nice today. God loves. He is love.

This Christmas will you peer into the manger and with soulful eyes consider the “why?” Why did God send Jesus? Why did Jesus lay swaddled in the manger for the very purpose of being nailed to the cross? There is no other explanation than love. God so loved the world. 

And God whispers, “I love you.”

Will you receive His gift whole-heartedly this Christmas? All it takes is a “Yeah, God.”

“Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” Mark 10:15

Dear Lord, Thank You for Your great love. Through the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus, You have powerfully declared Your love to us. May our hearts be as little children to receive Your gift, adore You, and be rooted, grounded and contented by Your love.


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