Monday, August 01, 2011

God is Faithful

My life recently has consisted of every good thing except a goodnight's sleep. I've had great ministry opportunities and challenges as well as fruit and fellowship. I've experienced joy as well as sorrow. I've struggled with sin and have claimed my victory in Christ.

I have learned a lot about love. Stuff I already knew. Stuff I understood, but didn't have words for.

Love is a strange thing. With the love of God, we can love both a complete stranger and that special someone. Our love for the stranger isn't diminished next to the love of that special someone, but it's different.

Love for a stranger is looking at and seeing Christ in that lonely face. Seeing the Jesus that I so desire to minister to behind that flesh and that mask of eyes. Going out of your way to help someone you don't know is not only right, but joyful. It's like singing songs into the wind. No one knows what you're doing, but you know God hears.

But love for that special someone is more constant. It's giving over of your life and disciplining your body to be a slave to your will for hours on end. It's finding joy in making that someone blessed at every expense. It's knowing that my own bodily desires are even further down the list of priorities and only after every need and want of this other person is satisfied, do my own desires even dare to show themselves.

Sleep is the present reward of trust and joy is the present reward of hope. Tonight, I shall lay my head down in sweet surrender, completely believing that my God is faithful.

4 comments:

Diane said...

"But love for that special someone is more constant. It's giving over of your life and disciplining your body to be a slave to your will for hours on end. It's finding joy in making that someone blessed at every expense. It's knowing that my own bodily desires are even further down the list of priorities and only after every need and want of this other person is satisfied, do my own desires even dare to show themselves."

And there is the exact reason that relationships not centered on God have almost no chance of succeeding. Even the most focused person can't do these things without God first.

This is kind of sobering. On one hand, nice to know some people still believe in selfless love (how can love not be selfless anyway?) but on the other hand, it sure makes the prospect of finding/having this a near impossibility.

I bought a book yesterday that I can't wait to read. It's called A Man Worth Waiting For... basically how to avoid the bozos and wait for the Boaz. Pretty much what I gather from the short bit I read in the store is that although the wait is worth it, for that which you must wait -- it is likely an unending wait. In my case, at least.

Again... how painful to know just how wonderful and selfless love can be, but that some of us may never get to experience it with a special someone.

It's bittersweet.

Jonathan Dow said...

Don't look to receive this love since we already have it from God. Look to give it.

Diane said...

I do give it, but sure would be nice to give it to someone who actually wanted it and looked forward to it and appreciated it and didn't take it for granted, etc.

Jesus knew the pain of giving to those who didn't accept what he had to offer... that's the pain I speak of.

Diane said...

But then again, He continued to love and preach to those who rejected him... so too must we still love people. Still, what a joy it would be to have that in return. I guess the key is in your title... God is faithful. Something to remember, for sure!

Okay, done taking up all your comment space. :)