Isn't that what each of us is ultimately seeking?
To be loved unconditionally and unfailingly? Our heart's cry at gut-level?
To have our inner heart's yearnings and dreams understood. To have our ugliness exposed and received in love's care, with no worries of being shunned or discarded.
We have sought this love in other people. And it fell short. Well below the mark of what books and movies promulgated, the fabrications spun.
I want to know this unfailing love that the prophets and kings so often regale in the Bible. God's unfailing love. Our Creator. Our Father. David especially grasps this (NLT):
I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love, for you have seen my troubles, and you care about the anguish of my soul. Psalm 31:7
Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone. Psalm 33:22
Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. Psalm 36:5
How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 36:7
But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God. I will always trust in God's unfailing love. Psalm 52:8
O my Strength, to you I sing praises, for you, O God, are my refuge, the God who shows me unfailing love. Psalm 59:17
Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! Psalm 63:3
Answer my prayers, O Lord, for your unfailing love is wonderful. Take care of me, for your mercy is so plentiful. Psalm 69:16
O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help. Psalm 86:5
But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. Psalm 86:15
And he spoke about it many other times. It makes me wonder if David fully grasping this was the impetus, at least in part, for being a man God said, "followed me with all his heart and always did whatever I wanted." (1 Kings 14:8) "A man after His own heart." (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22)
A love that draws such devotion. A love that saturates our soul.
What would it look like if each of us could truly grasp God's unfailing love? If we wrapped ourselves in it every morning as we stepped out of bed?
Clothed in His unfailing love, could we bravely remove any mask and be the authentic person God created us to be?
Would our cup of love from God run over until it covered those around us?
When someone throws a verbal arrow at us, would its piercing pour out only love towards the offender?
Would it remove the fear that freezes us?
Would we show compassion toward the lost, poor and hurting with the heart of our Father?
Would it enable us to show courage in the face of evil?
Would we go through hard times with grace, peace and patience?
My niece Kimmy has been learning what it looks like to be wrapped in his unconditional love, even during hard times. Below is an excerpt from her story:
I remember when I used to wake up and dread going through a day. I remember when anxiety and sickness consumed how I felt. I remember when everything I'd once found my worth in was stripped away.
God allows things in our lives because he loves us too much to let us stay where we are at. It's MORE loving for Him to allow things in our lives that will ultimately bring more healing, perspective, and growth...than to not let that transformation happen at all.
If you are unsure, struggling, or even if you feel content. Speak truth over yourself. Speak truth over who you are and where you want to go in life. You aren't there YET. But this season is important.
MOST importantly. Acknowledge the one who created you and knows you better than you know yourself. You were made for a purpose. You were made for more. You were made to grow in understanding of who God is and who you are, accordingly. Which is: deeply known & unconditionally loved. THAT is when you can start to let go and walk through each day - FREE.