In life we can find ourselves in a hurry to experience everything we feel inspired to be and do. The urgency comes from not knowing how much time we have on this earth and not wanting to miss out on what the world tells us we must have and experience. For each one of us this can mean a multitude of things but this we can be sure of, we all desire to love and be loved.
For years I have envisioned myself traveling to Italy however, when my friend and her husband returned from their Italy vacation and she shared their wonderful experience I made the decision to wait and share this trip with someone I loved! Too much beauty and romance to experience it alone or with a BFF! Not that I don’t love my BFF’s!
I quickly began to consider other options for vacation when one day while sitting in church they announced an Israel tour! Immediately I knew this was my trip for 2015! In no time at all I had my heart and luggage filled up with everything needed to embark on this journey and BAM I was on a plane headed for Tel Aviv.
I heard from many how this trip would make the Bible come alive but what I didn’t realize was how it would resonate in my heart the great love and compassion God has for us. The divine ways he works on our behalf to show loving kindness and provide understanding into His meaning of love.
I recently learned of a Rolling Stone magazine article on the two most frequently used words in music and the first is love with the second being baby (not defined as an infant). To my surprise Google’s two most searched words are God and sex. Now if this doesn’t confirm how people everywhere are looking for love then help me understand why so many are searching the web for it! After hearing of these statistics I felt an even greater urgency to share more about God’s love and the importance of not confusing the experience of sex with experiencing love. Yes, sex is a beautiful way of expressing love for another but it in no way defines the deep meaning of sacrificial love. God is love and he created sex so we know they’re both good and they’re both needed to keep our world and lives functioning as he planned.
In a few days we will celebrate the infamous Valentine’s in our own unique way with someone special.
And, in all of this “love” talk I am reminded of how the greatest love of all cannot be bought nor can we work for it because it is free! It’s a sacrificial love that leaves us guilt free, shame free, joyful, and at our best. And most importantly God has made it available to us every day of every year!
Truth be told, I have some of my own love stories as well as those others have shared with me. It’s through these stories and my life experiences I have seen the reflection of God’s love. In spite of everything the world say’s love is, there is one love we can always depend on and will never change, and that is God’s love.
No matter what your heart longs for this Valentine’s Day it’s my prayer that the miracle of His love will show up and sweep you off your feet.
Love is: 1 John 4:8; 1 Corinthians 13 4&5; John 3:16