Every day my hubby and I drive into work together. Throughout the half-hour ride we listen to the radio and he makes up lyrics to the music to flirt with me. I once asked him why he does this and he said that way if he dies first I will think of him whenever I hear the songs. He is not the classic Hallmark-movie-kind-of-guy with flowers and candlelight and I am ok with that. We have our silly ways of expressing how we feel and I love the way he makes me laugh and smile.
There are times when I think people can get so focused on how they think love should look that they miss the love that is being given to them. If I was only looking for a Hallmark-movie-kind-of-guy I would have missed my husband and all the joy and memories we have created in the past twenty-plus years.
God’s love is not a stereotype either. In our desire to understand the kind of love He has for us, we tend to miss the ways He is expressing it to us. Every morning when I wake up I can mutter that I have to get up or I can be grateful for another day to share joy and hope with others. I can be grateful for the sunrise or complain about the brightness of the sun.
These images were taken within a few minutes of each other. I watched as the sky changed color and how the sun’s rays touched each item with a richness and warmth. Seeing each subtle change, I could imagine how God might look on His children as they slept and then as they slowly woke. The love I have felt watching my own children as they sleep is only a fraction of the love God feels for us.
When I go on a walk during my lunch I listen to the birds singing, feel the warmth of the sun, the caress of the breeze and I hear the love God has for us as His creation. Sure there are cars and trucks rumbling by where I walk, I could be irritated by their interruption or I could be glad there are other people in this world.
Best Beloved, are your ears tuned to the songs of God calling to you today? Wooing you to Him? I may be time to disconnect from your own playlist and plug into the one God has created just for you.
The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing, (Zephaniah 3:17 NIV).
Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear, (Matthew 13:43 NIV).
However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love (1 Corinthians 2:9 NIV).