Sunday, March 7, 2010
It's very rare that I've ever seen love in action. But I know no greater adventure when I see it. It's fighting for the win no longer for ourselves. In our lives love was always meant to be perfect unity, perfect friendship, perfect beauty because of the form of what it is. Love was always meant for us. As the psalmist says, "I slept but my heart was awake." Love always comes, and never fails. It lives even when the barer fails. I feel love as I feel the grass under my feet because I'm free to run, and when I run, I run for the love of freedom.
What is life without sharing? It's just you if you aren't willing to share it with anyone else. Everyone seeks love. It is the deepest human desire to love and be loved but some of us are afraid to love. We hide sometimes in our own selves with our jobs, or we hide in our school. Sometimes we hide through our electronics and the television with the sport of watching love in movies like a fat man on the coach who watches football but never experiences it. He critiques his favorite players from a safe distance. Love is meant to be experienced. Solomon puts it so bluntly, "As a lily among brambles so is my love among the young women." It's seeing from afar the jewel in the quarry and risking it all to not let it get picked up by anyone but who is worthy. The claim has been staked, experience it for all it's worth and hold fast. Real love is seeing clear for the first time. It makes you want to be the best version of yourself that you can be if only to serve the other.
I think of God and how love relates to God. He created humanity with the primary reason for love, to love and to show love. He shares perfect unity and He meant for us to know that unity because man (all of humanity) can not be alone. Man is lonely and to know the kind of unity God experiences (if not only a shadow), God created woman, and they became one flesh and one flesh resulted because of this beautiful adventure. We were born of love and to me, the life we live should be nothing less than an expression of that love. When Jesus says there are only two commandments that He gives us, "love God, and love others" I see there is no greater purpose than to know how. But what motivates more powerfully unity than when we observe love God gives?
Love for me is running through the grass with no socks on and knowing that physical touch I get from the earth God gave me to enjoy. Love for me is the beauty I know and can't deny in passion of life. As Agur says, "There are three things that are too amazing for me, four that I do not understand: the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a maiden." Love is fighting for that beauty and never relenting. For me, I'm no where near any of these lofty descriptions of love. I get angry, I shout at my roommate, I forget what life is for and I think about myself. I love romance, I love the smile in a child I see as I walk, I love the water that sparkled a bit this morning for me at the lake, and I love the grass under me. This is no time to over think love. The best way to love is to listen to God speak and we are compelled to do nothing else. I love to love.
I just want to finish this off with something I read about the song of songs, "In most of the modern world, romance is thought of as something that precedes marriage. In the Song, romance is something that actually characterizes marriage. Let it be so."