At our Bible study last night one of the gals mentioned that her son in the Army had been parachuting as part of his training. Unfortunately, he landed in a very large mound of fire ants. Thankfully, he had full gear on and did not suffer too badly. It reminded me of a time when we lived on Guam.
I was about 4 years old and was playing outside when somehow I ended up in a hill of fire ants. I began screaming and running for the house. If you're ever bitten by a fire ant, you'll know how they got their name! Mom scooped me up and sat me in the kitchen sink. As she was pulling my clothes off, she had cold water running over me trying to wash the fire ants away.
I know she was bitten in the process but she had no concerns for herself. She only cared about me and getting the ants off of me. Although it was an unpleasant experience, it was one I'll never forget. Not only do I remember the pain and fear I felt not knowing what was happening to me, I remember how Mom reacted so quickly and selflessly to protect me.
It's a little how God, our perfect Father, feels about us. He'll go to great lengths to help us. He is our protector and our provider. He loved us so much, He gave His only Son so that we could be spared.
John 3:16 - 17 (The Message)
This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only
Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in
him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn't go to all the
trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling
the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.
God loves you and me so very much!