Jessica Lynn was a seventh-grader at St. Anthony Jr. High School and was twelve years-old. She was on the honor roll and spent much of her time playing soccer, basketball, and dog-sitting. She also shared her family’s love for music as a clarinet player and a singer. Jess had a great imagination, so she was never bored! She was known for her silliness, laughter, sweetness, purity, and helping attitude. She would go out of her way to make that one person feel wanted and was respected by anyone who knew her as a person of integrity. She had a great desire to make God’s love known in her world.
When Jessica was in Sunday School at 5 years-old, she was learning words to describe God. One that quickly became her favorite was Incomprehensible. She would spell it out in sweet, high voice and explain what it meant: “God is more than we can fully comprehend.” Then she would proudly recite the Scripture in Romans 11:34: “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?”
After that little Bible lesson, as situations arose in our lives that made no sense, Joe and I would look at each other and say, “Incomprehensible!” That became our buzz word to trust God. We, as God’s children don’t have all the answers on this side of heaven – but, we do have a God who reveals Himself, showing His glory through and in our lives as we experience His love and mercy to us.
His love & mercy for us are Incomprehensible and yet, He chooses to have relationship with us to demonstrate His love in our lives as we enjoy our child/Father relationship with Him. As John Piper states, “God is most glorified, when we are most satisfied with Him.”
(Go to blog Incomprehensible to read more)
I LOVE MY DADDY
When Jessica was 5 years old she put this little book together with Debbie. It’s about ‘family’, but concentrates on “Daddy”, displaying pictures of things she loved about Daddy. It reads…
“I love to cuddle with my Daddy.” “I love to lay by my Daddy.” “I love to be on my Daddy’s shoulders.” “I like to be strong like my Daddy.” “I like to golf with my Daddy.” (We were mini-golfing ~ the only kind I know how to do!) “I love it when my Daddy pulls me on a sled.” “I love my Daddy, and he loves me!”
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1). What a picture of the kind of relationship God desires for all of His children and Himself. Just as Jessica trusted her Daddy, when we know God as our loving Daddy, we can trust His love even when we don’t understand what He allows.
(Go to blog My Daddy Loves Meto read more.)
A Pictures Worth 1,000 Words
See pictures, painting and other artwork of Jessica’s from times throughout her life.