ONE RENEWING THING I’M LEARNING: love is outdoing each other to it. Of course, we know this and when we know it afresh we can all too easily go down the swampy path of, ‘Man, this is so much work!’ And yet love knows no bounds of exhaustion. It just gives because it can.
“Our help is in the name of the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.”
~Psalm 124:8 (NIV).
I’ve been reminded just now—through precious friends, who without the luxury of binary, cords and servers, I would not know—that love exists beyond the flurry of life; just a lot farther than that; but paradoxically, it’s a journey of but the flick of a switch.
And this switch is the connection between heart and mind.
It begins in the giving. It never rests in the taking; just wants to give back and give it all away! It’s like this love is such a powerful, orgasmic thing, that as we heave joyously in the throes of response to the love given us, we feel slightly uncomfortable until we—like the coiled spring or a drawn bowstring—can at last bring release (with power) and balance to the relational equation.
And yet again, love’s purpose is the antithesis of balance. It’s more like a seesaw as we journey together in this most wonderful of God’s concepts! Love ebbs and flows, waxes and wanes. I’m feeling the love right now as my fingers dance over these keys. Love is friendship. It’s about each other.
I’m thinking of the wonderful love of my family and friends—those who love me and love me back without condition as they spend their godly love all over me; as we do over each other. How could I not be so abundantly grateful? This love is so rich I cannot fully comprehend it. And I know I never will; at least not until Glory. And I’m pleased about this. It’s something to swim in; a never-drying pool.
Yet, so there also comes, a time when exhaustion does take over.
And in times when we’re just flailing—which too is okay—we can rest in the knowledge that our God is our help; and he too uses his subjects—you and I—to mastermind the refreshing. Again, it attends; ‘each other.’
It is entirely okay to receive love guilt-free, without implication for return.
© 2010 S. J. Wickham.