LOVE. It has so much meaning yet it’s so hard to comprehend.
We desire & resist it. We seek & hide from it. We want & withhold it.
Some suggest love is simple acceptance. But, real love also interrupts us! God is ‘abounding in love’ (Ex.34.6), and because of it, doesn’t leave us as we are.
The aim of Christian living is Divine union with God. That is, To know God’s love in such a way that it changes the way we love.
This isn’t something we can simply read about or hear a talk to understand. If we make the Christian life about knowledge, we miss out on the transformational impact of love. We need experience, which isn’t complete without failure and loss. We can Google instruction on filling out a tax form or installing a ceiling fan but most things are learned through actual involvement: A golf swing, a misunderstanding, baking, injustice, driving a car, dating, an interview, surgery. And so it is with Christian faith as we open our heart up to God.
Richard Rohr turned a phrase that’s been lingering about how God comes to us, “disguised as our life.”
Hmm…It’s hard to imagine God as ordinary as our lives.
We often ask, “God who?”, God, when…?”, or “God, why…?” Yet, it’s through constant trials and temptations, God leads us forward through family, failure, friendship, marriage, loss, abuse, and success. There are no dead ends, no wasted time, no useless characters or meaningless happenings. All has meaning, and God is in all things waiting to speak and to bless. God not only redeems, he is “abounding in love”.
It’s what we’re supposed to experience. And when we do, it’s transformational.