In a previous column I wrote that the cure for our brokenness is to find our identity and security in the love of God.
That statement may seem to be the most crazy, airy-fairy, unrealistic, blinders-on, crutch-like, uneducated, and tunnel vision thing to say. I can hear it now:
P-L-E-A-S-E! What love? Given all the earthquakes, murders, human-trafficking, embezzlement, and power-grabbing going on in the world, and all we know scientifically about the physical universe….how can you be so….
This post is not a defense for the existence of God. I write today to explain—simply—what I’ve discovered about becoming anchored in His love:
1) Begin with belief.
Starting with, Prove yourself! is actually you playing God. Letting God be God looks like this:
I believe (or am willing to believe)—please reveal yourself to me.
Faith is and always will be the first step to “seeing” God. He asks that of us. It’s about taking our place and Him taking His.
Jump in with all you’ve got. Direct your thoughts to God: ask Him questions, tell Him your wishes, hates, joys, pain. Share everything. Listen for His answers. Treat His replies (or what you thing might be His answers) like Gold. Write them down. Collect them. Trust them. Act on them.
Find a Bible and view it as a collection of love letters from God to you. Read the words from your Lover. What does He say to you?
3) Follow the story line of your life.
You and I are in a love story. In the midst of life—horrible stuff alongside good—God is working to cut us loose from earthly attachments and help us see Him as our Creator, Lover, Provider, and Purpose-Giver.
Can you see it?
Disasters. Disasters avoided.
Pain experienced and ultimately survived.
Beauty softly inserting itself.
It is in looking back you can see where you’ve come and where you are in the conflict/story. You can pick up your story line and join God more fully in it:
Is He asking you to wait and trust?
Are you to make a move / step out?
Is there someone else you are to be a vessel of love to?
Are you to let go of something/someone?
What theme/issue/passion keeps showing up?
More and more, step by step, little by little, over time…
you become secure in His love, more whole, and able to help heal others.
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See also: Sacred Romance by John Eldredge and Brent Curtis
and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller
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