Under this umbrella…

February 2, 2014 | My Jottings

Sometimes it’s so natural to experience and revel in the love God has for us. Other times we look around and wonder how the love of God is being expressed in some of the difficult things we’re going through, or all the tragedies we see in our world. For me, it comes down to one thing — either God loves His children, or He doesn’t. Either He loves me, or He doesn’t love me.


If He does, we know everything will make sense someday, and can trust Him as He sovereignly works out His plan in this universe. If God doesn’t love us, then every sunrise, every newborn baby, tiny flower, vast galaxy, each strand of DNA and mind-boggling nudibranch mean absolutely nothing.

I love these words from the hymn “The Love of God,” by Lehman:

“Could we with ink the ocean fill, and were the skies of parchment made;
Were every stalk on earth a quill, and every man a scribe by trade.
To write the love of God above, would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole, though stretched from sky to sky.”

This is the umbrella that shelters me from life’s storms today.

I must remember He loves me.

And He loves you…


  1. Kay in Cornwall says:

    I think this is what the word ‘faith’ means. Faith is knowing and believing that God is in control and that we trust Him to know and do what’s best for us.
    We’ve recently heard a couple of sermons about the trials that Christians go through. One minister said that Christians are either in a ‘storm’, just come out of a ‘storm’ or about to go through a ‘storm’. I can really relate to this! 🙂 How I appreciate the lulls!

  2. Just Julie says:

    I agree with all you said, Kay. And the storm thing is daunting, but true, I believe. 🙂 I am lull-addicted. xoxo

  3. Shari C. says:

    Hello, Julie! I love ” The Love of God” 🙂 Thanks for sharing that today! I pray that your week is full of moments with “the Love of God”…take care my friend. Love you!
    Oh!…and thought this was interesting :

  4. Just Julie says:

    Oh my, Shari. This story about the song was sobering and encouraging all at once. Even in the midst of deep mental illness, God is there. He is not limited by our fragility. This was very good for me to read today, as yesterday I was thinking, “I think I’m getting ready to break.” Today I feel buoyed up a bit and I know others are praying. God bless you friend… xoxo

  5. Shari C. says:

    May God wrap his loving arms around you, Julie, and bless you with His strong support and care…xo

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  7. Jessica Town says:

    You are in my thoughts, my prayers and my gratitude journal.

  8. Just Julie says:

    What a beautiful thing to say, Jessica. Thank you, dear one… xoxo

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