A friend of mine recently stayed home from work with her little girl when she had come down with a fever. I asked what they did that day and she told me of a Barbie Princess movie marathon, which culminated with the “singing of every version of Barbie Island Princess Karaoke fun at the end of the movie.” Later that day she posted the following question on Facebook…: “How many times do you have to sing Barbie Island Princess songs if the child is sick?” I wonder what the statute of limitations is on something like that. How much will we endure for the sake of our sick child? Well, truth be told, a great deal indeed. Just think of all that your mom endured for your sake when you were sick as a child. How many bowls of Jell-O? How many trips to the doctor? How many spoons of medicine administered? How many all night vigils? How many loads of sheets washed? I don’t think there is even a statute of limitations on how many times a parent will sing Barbie Island Princess Karaoke Fun songs when he or she is doing it for a sick child.
That whole exchange got me to thinking about our Heavenly Father and his sick children. Now, we all know intellectually that God is infinite and that his infinite nature extends to every aspect of his being including his capacity for love. The Psalmist knew this as he wrote in Psalm 100:5, “For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever.” So, presumably, when we consider our Heavenly Father, we should think in terms of a statute of limitlessness, and yet we constantly limit God and perhaps most of all in the area of his love for us. I heard a man who is facing some pretty horrendous circumstances say, “I try not to bother God with too much of this stuff because I know he is a busy guy.” Well, at least he was willing to say that out loud! Many of us know that this notion is off base, but we still operate as if it were so. Surely our Father in Heaven has his limits. Surely his steadfast love couldn’t possibly endure FOREVER!
This past Sunday we heard the words of Jesus to his disciples in Luke 11:11-13 when he said, “What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” An earthly parent will endure much when his or her child is sick. How much more will the heavenly Father endure for his sick children? When asked by the Pharisees in Luke 5 about why he was spending time with sinners, Jesus made it clear that he came for God’s sick children. Now, just consider what he was willing to endure for those sick children, even the curse and shame of the cross. Don’t you see that there really is no statute of limitations on the love of God for you, his sick child? Come to him with your sin sickness and trust that he will be there every time with the perfect medicine of his limitless sacrificial love and the ongoing infinite power of his Holy Spirit. Trust that the words of that old spiritual are true.
There is balm in Gilead,
To make the wounded whole
There’s power enough in heaven,
To cure a sin-sick soul.
Heavenly Father, you know the sin-sickness of my soul that keeps plaguing me. Forgive me when I doubt the limitless love you have for me. Help me to come to you every day for the perfect medicine of the shed blood of your Son, and thank you that there’s no statute of limitations on that. Amen.