The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
Love. We hear about it all the time. Songs on the radio, books and TV shows constantly throw the word love around. Many a young girl has been caught up in all those media-laced ideas of love and what it looks like. Like, how many red roses will he send you if he’s really in love? Or, will he magically pick out the biggest ring and propose to me with a photographer hidden in the bushes? I admit, that the image of love that our society portrays to us is very enticing. But it falls short, doesn’t it. We all have stories, some funny and some not so funny, of when the fairytale came to a screetching halt!
Isn’t it funny how human love is blown way out of proportion, while the true love story of the universe has been minimized to the point that it barely gets mentioned in an average daily conversation, even amongst Christians. Why is that?
My why is this. Right now, at this place today, I’m struggling. Struggling to not second-guess myself constantly because I’m not sure what I’m supposed to feel of this love from God. I’m struggling to not be terrified that Jesus is going to tell me, I never knew you. I’m struggling not to compare how I feel by what others tell me they feel. But as I’ve processed these thoughts and struggles, I’ve realized the basis of it all. I’m struggling to let myself go into my Father’s Arms.
Oh, how desperately I want to, but I’m not a let myself go kind of person. I’m the always in control, never let them see you question, roll-with-it kind of person. But I don’t want to be that kind of person with God anymore. I want to cling to Him with everything that is in me. I want to radiate His love because I’ve finally let myself go. I want Him to amaze those around me, through me. I want to live in the verse from Zephaniah 3:17 that I’ve quoted above. I want God to quiet me by His love.
So let this be my declaration of God’s love. I declare that I am going to let myself go into God’s love. Will you join me?