I hate not knowing. In my school years I could always understand the work, but usually I needed some time on my own to figure it out…so woe to me those days when the teachers asked us questions in front of everyone. I cringed…I prayed to be invisible! But to admit ignorance was beyond me! I seldom asked questions: I figured it out for myself.
It felt sometimes that things others caught onto quickly, my mind simply did not want to grasp. For instance, Grade 6 Geography totally stumped me! I couldn’t for the life of me understand longitude and latitude! It just didn’t want to ‘click’ into place in my mind! In the end I got it though…luckily just in time for the exams!
Even today, I sometimes feel lengths behind others in simple, basic principles. One topic is love.
The scripture of nothing being able to keep us from God’s love is such a pretty verse…but for years I couldn’t fathom what it meant. What practical impact is it suppose to have on me and my life?
It took me a while, but I got there!
Love is not just the feeling…it is the motivation! Love is not just something I have for my friends and family because I appreciate them or like them, but it IS the motivation for a whole range of other actions, situations and results.
Because I feel love for my best friend, I will make sacrifices to accommodate her. Because I love my parents, I would choose not to go into an argument with them. Because I love my brother, I will see some of his weird choices in the light of HIS viewpoint, not mine. This is what love does. It motivates to accept. It motivates to stay on someone’s side. It motivates to believe and to pray for the best outcome…not for yourself, but rather for someone else. This is what love DOES.
And God says that He feels love for me. And if nothing on earth or heaven can keep me from that love, it means that God would make sacrifices for me (He did!!!!). It means that His love for me will motivate Him to put things in place for my benefit. It is the motivation for His acceptance of me, Him listening to my prayers and seeing me in the light of righteousness. And apparently…this goes on 24/7. Nothing can stop it, or keep this view of me to come to an end.
He is motivated by love to be on my side. Every day and whatever may happen…or whatever I may choose. And this He has for everyone on earth. He is a team player and He can not remove Himself from the position…because He IS love!