This morning I was gently reminded by God of the importance of love. Love is such a common word. We misuse the word love and limit its meaning. I have lately been feeling God nudge me over and over asking me to focus on love. I think I know that love is everything. I think I know that love transforms. I think I know that God is love. Still I hear that gentle whisper, “Look closer. Look deeper still.” As hard as I keep trying, with a heavy heart I keep getting the sense that I don’t really get the full meaning of love at all. At times I feel God’s love for me in a way that feels as if the universe inhabits my heart and I think, “Wow! This is love! Still that gentle whisper I hear, “Look deeper. It’s more than this.”
Earlier today as I was contemplating love some more, my mind led to my own feelings of love. I love my children. They mean the world to me. Yet why does my love look so limited? Why is this beautiful, joyfulness of full love that I feel for them seem so contained? Part of the answer comes to me in the form of another question: Why do I not tap into the love that I feel often enough? God is love. Unlike us, he doesn’t need to turn a tap on to let love flow. His love flows constantly. What would happen if we kept love flowing all the time? Imagine all of us allowing love to flow through us every second. My mind boggles at the thought.
A small example of this love came to me as my mind wandered briefly. A dog runs into the road and gets hit by a car. He is crying out in pain. A crowd of people rush to him concerned. He needs help and he needs it fast. Someone calls the emergency paramedics who come quickly and rush him to the nearest animal hospital or perhaps one of the neighbours who may not even know this dog gently lifts it and takes it to the hospital. This may seem like a strange example to use. It seems small. It’s just a dog. However, if the human race was flowing in love, we would all be acknowledging the importance of the lives of every creature. We would automatically feel a surge of love for that dog and have empathy and want to help.
“Look deeper still.”
Perhaps, if we were fully loving, this dog wouldn’t need a hospital. We would be able to heal it ourselves. Perhaps love is as big as that. This is just one possible example of the transformative power of love. Of course
- There would be no war
- No poverty
- No abusive behaviour
- No substance abuse
- No depression ( who would feel depressed if they were feeling loved all the time by everyone?)
My thoughts dip down a bit. Would love spiral? Would we get used to love that we minimise its importance again? We are human after all. No. I think real transformative, Godly love would be so tangible that we would always be aware of how big it is.
Sometimes, it feels like a curse to be human. Today, I want to go forth in love. I am fearful however that my humanness, my forgetfulness, my inability to keep my mind from wandering will cause me to lose focus. My aim is to try and look at love as a muscle I need to build. If I fail, I will start again.
I invite you all to join me today and everyday to practice going forth in love. I think by doing so, we will get a deeper meaning of what love truly is…Who Love truly is. We may not be able to completely change the world but we can make a bigger difference in the lives we touch.