A few days ago, I was talking with Clara about God's unending love for us. Sometimes it's so hard to grasp, even as adults, just how wide and deep and unfathomable His love for us really is.
Like anyone else, she was struggling with the idea that she could come before Him with all of her thoughts - the good, the bad and the ugly. We talked about how far away God casts those sins after we've been forgiven - as far as the East is from the West. I told her that there was nothing that she could ever do that was unforgiveable, and nothing that could separate her from His love. I explained, word by word, that "neither life nor death, angels or principalities, things present nor things to come or powers, nor height or depth, or any other created thing, would be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord." (to read about that for yourself, go to Romans 8:38-39)
I finished explaining those verses, and wondered if she "got it", and if I had explained it to her in a way that would really make sense to a 9 year old. She stared off for a minute.
And then she smiled, and said, "So, it's like I'm stuck to Him!"
Stuck to God. How perfect.
I think God smiled, too.