Anyone who is a parent has probably heard of the children’s story, Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney (illustrated by Anita Jeram). It is an adorable story about a sweet conversation between “Little Nutbrown Hare” and his daddy, “Big Nutbrown Hare”. Little Nutbrown Hare begins by asking his daddy to guess how much he loves him. The daddy responds that he doesn’t think he could do that. Little Nutbrown Hare then states that he loves his daddy as far as his arms can reach. To which Big Nutbrown Hare responds that he loves his son as far as his arms can reach, which is longer than his son’s arms because he is a much larger rabbit! It continues on in this manner with Big Nutbrown Hare always able to love his son more than his son loves him.
I read this book to my son the other day, and, since God many times speaks to me through analogies, this is what I gleaned:
We can love God more and more, but due to the nature of how big God is, we can never surpass His love. He will always love us more. We can love God to an infinite extent… but his infinity is larger since He is infinitely larger than we are. It is all relative.
“So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19 (ESV)
To put it simply: you can’t out love your Heavenly Father. Just as Little Nutbrown Hare couldn’t out love his father. Hey, I encourage you to try! We should always be striving to love Him more and more. However, just remember always, that when you feel you love Him so much that your heart could burst, He loves you unfathomably more than that. More than you have the capacity to love Him. For He is an infinitely larger rabbit. He loves you “right up to the moon— and back”.
“Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.” Psalm 36:5 (ESV)