Love came first

From her very first breath, they loved her: a love bigger than they ever imagined it would be or could be.

Mamma and daddy couldn’t wait for her arrival. They planned and prepared. The room was just right. Just right for her. The perfect color and light.

They loved her from the very first breath, and even before.

It didn’t happen right away. It didn’t happen all the time. And it didn’t happen because she didn’t love them.

She would reach for the hot stove to help with the popcorn and run toward the street when daddy came home.

Mamma and Daddy said, “No.” They loved her.

She wanted to ride her bike without the helmet so she could feel the wind in her hair.

Mamma and Daddy said, “No.” They loved her.

She wanted to go to the party. The one where the parents had gone away for the weekend ... but she and her friends “weren’t going to do anything.”

Mamma and Daddy said, “No.” They loved her.

And she grew up.

At college, they wanted her to “just try it.”

She said “No,” because her mamma and daddy loved her.

When she got her first job, the boss said “cut corners to save money.” 

She said “No,” because her mamma and daddy loved her.

When she got her own apartment, he said “you would if you really cared about me.”

She said “No,” because her mamma and daddy loved her.

God loved Adam and Eve from the first breath, and even before. He created the perfect Eden for them.

And, it didn’t happen right away. It didn’t happen until Eve thought she was missing out, until Cain wanted to be first, until people decided they knew better.

We all lie, cheat, and steal in our own ways. We worship false gods and wish we had more. We are disrespectful and easily angered.

God says, “No,” because He loves us.

And we can say, “No” too. Because He loves us.

And His love came first.