Have you ever heard about love? Everyone has. Or have we?
Love is what is usually present between children and their parent. This strong bond that would have the parents go to the ends of the earth for their child.
Maybe you didn’t have such luck. Maybe your parents have passed, and you miss them dearly; or you never knew them, or they rejected you. Maybe you are an orphan and you long for that very bond. Maybe you lost a child, and grieve that bond every. single. day.
Maybe you’ve watched movies or read love stories; have seen this strong connection between adults or teenagers. This chemistry that seems stronger than anything else, that promises to love without conditions, and to walk a thousand miles for a simple kiss, for a simple smile.
Or the way you feel when you have a good time with your friends and/or siblings. When the time seems to have stopped, and all you can think about is the present moment; or when your world comes crashing, and they are there for you, lifting you on the wings of patience, care, and listening.
It is what holds our world together. In spite of all the hate and shame that this world spits in our faces everyday, there is love and there is hope. And we know it. That’s why even when the greatest mess happens, we keep going.
Love is universal and universally desired. Whether you are a young woman, married off at 14, with a baby on your back walking in the blazing sun to the closest well in Senegal. Whether you are a boy in Indonesia, running in the sand with your friends, playing soccer joyfully, and almost becoming deaf to the hungry cry of your empty stomach. Whether you are a woman sipping on a coffee, looking out the window at passersby in the heart of Montreal, wondering how love slipped in between your fingers again. Whether you are a man on top of life, middle age, good job, lovely family, yet, you can’t count the number of affairs you’ve had seeking for that thrill, that thrill that never really comes…
Have you ever wondered why all civilizations, and all people have some sort of a god or gods?
Have you ever wondered why it hurts so badly when love seems out of grasp?
Have you seen the link I’m making between the two? Between God and love? The two are actually one. God says of Himself that he is love. This is big. He not only loves, God is love1.
A wise man once said, “There is a god shaped whole in the heart of Man.”2
This love we are all so deeply after, what if it was actually God we were longing for?
Maybe you’ve heard that believing in God is a sign of weakness, and of an inferior mind. It’s a myth that makes the masses feel good.
Or maybe you believe in God. In a God that doesn’t know you, and desires you to do things you don’t always understand. You don’t want to end up on his wrong side, or on that of the religious leaders that represent him. You just want to do what is right, and to belong.
Or maybe you say, no, God can never want me. I’ve done too much wrong for him to love me still. If only you knew.
You see this God, the God of the universe, the God that all humankind has always been looking for, the God that we tried sculpting, and identifying, the God our ancestors painted in caverns, the God we always knew was there and powerful. He is indeed so powerful that some even depict Him as being thousands of gods.
This very God, which humanity decided to get disconnected from by sinning, this God is there. He’s always been there, and he will always be. He is there and he loves you.
He loves you wildly.
If God is whom he says he is, greater than anything created, then he can’t possibly be kept within the four walls of organized religion. And he is not limited to it.
Yet, God can do whatever he wants to.
What if he decided that he loves you so much that he could not longer stay separated from you? That to enter a love relationship with you, he would come to earth and walk alongside people just like you and me? What if the human form in which he came bears the name of Jesus? What if he sat amongst people, healed them, delivered them, taught them and forgave their sins? What if He laughed with them, and cried with them? What if He then offered his life to pay for the sins of mankind? For your sins, and for mine?
What if this love is the love that our hearts have always been after? What if there is a God? And what if the way to him is through Jesus Christ?
What if he is inviting you, right here and right now, to know him and know a love that is greater than anything you’ve ever known?
He is a father to the fatherless; 3
Merciful and Gracious; 4
Nothing can separate you from the love of God. 5
If you are Muslim my friend, the Holy Qu’ran has much to tell you about Issa. What if it’s him? What if he is the One and only God who came to earth to connect with us, with you?
If you are Christian or grew up with a Christian background, why not give a chance to what often seems like some old tradition, and get to not only know about him, but to know him personally, as more than a belief system? Nothing you have done can make him love you more. Nothing you have done can make him love you less.
Ask Him. Ask God. You don’t need to “know how to pray” to talk to God. You don’t need a formula. You only need an open heart. There is a God, and he is right where you are, loving you with love larger than the life we know, saying yes, my child.
Come to me.6 I’ll never leave you nor forsake you.7 I will quiet you with my love.8
If you are really there God, I want to know. I don’t want to simply read this and forget. If God is love and he loves me, if he wants me, then I don’t want to pass up on that. I come to you in spite of what my culture, religion or friends would say. I need your love, God. Amen.
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God bless you.
1. 1 John 4:8
2. Blaise Pascal, French mathematician physicist, writer and Christian philosopher.
3. Psalm 68: 5-6
4. Psalm 86:15
5. Romans 8:38-39
6. Matthew 11:28-29
7. Deuteronomy 31:6
8. Zepheniah 3:17
Caroline is a Jesus girl more than anything. Even if often in the US and Canada, she lives in West Africa with her husband JB, and daughter Imela Christy. She is a writer, a minister, and a faith resource creator. She enjoys travelling, coffee, and friends.
Hey there, I'm Caroline
I've been a follower of Jesus for over a decade, and a minister for almost just as long. My passion is to know God better, and help you know Him better too. I answer real questions with real answers, for a real faith in a real God.