Hi everyone. Rob here.
It’s the school holidays at the moment and both of our kids have been experiencing some extended Nana time. They’ve been visiting her one at a time, meaning that they get to experience the love Nana has for them, and give it in return, without any sense of rivalry. It’s a time of uninterrupted devotion. This is why couples have date nights or weekends away. It’s why making one-on-one time with our children is so important. It’s also why getting away with God is so important. We need to have times of uninterrupted devotion with the God we love. Not just so we can worship him but so we can receive his affection for us.
This is a basic human need. We were made for relationship and connection. Our hearts are filled when we give and receive love. Just as the human body needs food at regular intervals to be healthy, the human heart needs regular giving and receiving of affection to be whole. When Jesus was baptised he heard these words from his Father:
This is my son whom I love (Matthew 3:17)
The Trinity itself has this rhythm. Scripture also records these words for us:
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!
So, how are you experiencing God’s love at this time? Are you experiencing it at all? Do you have a settledness in your soul that comes from being a beloved child of a good, good Father? Maybe you’re experiencing God as Mother right now? Or Christ as brother? Or Spirit as adventure guide? Maybe it’s coming through certain movies, or nature, or family and friends? Maybe it’s coming through music or poetry or art? Maybe in quiet prayer you’ve had the courage to ask, “how do you see me Lord?” And you’ve heard the answer…”You are my son/daughter whom I love.”
We’re told that we are lavished with divine love. It makes sense that God, who loved us so much that he sent Jesus to rescue us from sin and death, would want us to experience this love regularly. God wants us to have a rich emotional life with him. He wants to draw near to us in our tears, our joy and our tantrums. He wants to quiet us with his love as Zephaniah 3:17 puts it. We are loved with the same love that Jesus experienced. Throughout his ministry he would wander the hills at night to be with his Father. Are we making the same commitment? I submit that the health of our hearts depends on it.
For me, at the moment, it’s music, it’s autumn colours and it’s family that is communicating God’s love. But I also know that my receiving it, living it and being secure in it is fragile if I don’t take the time and if I hold back. To give and receive God’s love is an invitation to throw your whole self – mind, body, spirit; past, present, future; private, public; known and unknown – over and into the love of God the Trinity. In the beginning was relationship and the relation was, is and forever will be, God. It’s a relationship that will make all things new and all things whole. So let God love you and may his love flow through you and change the world.
Here’s a song called ‘So will I’ that is communicating God’s love to me in abundance at the moment. Grace and peace everyone.
If you gladly chose surrender, so will I.