Can You Feel It?
I’m willing to bet that if you’re like any one of my girlfriends or me, the first thing that happens when you see or hear the word LOVE, you feel something – something strong. You feel emotions so powerful they can evoke a memory of the last time you experienced those feelings. Or didn’t. Either way, we quickly associate LOVE with emotions. They change.
Now, what happens inside when you see or hear the words ONE LOVE? This time, I’ll bet a feeling doesn’t sweep over you as much as a person comes to mind. Or doesn’t. And that reaction is to God’s advantage. Why? Because He wants to be the ONE LOVE you immediately recollect; the ONE LOVE you intimately know as the constant in your life that never changes – unlike a feeling.
You’re probably sighing now, saying that you know God isn’t a feeling. Yet how often have you stood through praise and worship quietly whispering to your soul, “I just don’t feel anything?” Or listened to your Pastor’s voice coming from the pulpit drowned out by your own inner one despairing with, “I just don’t feel this.” And how about the times you’ve wept aloud in the Throne Room telling Him you just don’t feel like He loves you as one disappointment after another stacks up on the shelf of your life?
God, your Creator, wants to be known by you. He wants to be your ONE LOVE. And if you let Him, He will woo you to places where you experience Him as the ONE LOVE who’s always patient, always kind. Instead of being a warm, fuzzy feeling, He will demonstrate Himself as the ONE LOVE who isn’t failing you even while everything you hoped for is crashing in on you. He is the ONE LOVE always persevering on your behalf. He is the ONE LOVE who can promise that when you call on Him, He will be found by you with plans to give you hope and a future. That’s a promise to you, not a feeling.
During the days leading up to Valentine’s Day, we were bombarded with everything to suggest love is a feeling – from the idealized and romantic to the passionate and sexy. Some of us heard a song that made us tear up, opened a card that made us smile, held a bouquet that took our breath away or even tasted chocolate that made us swoon. Yet, those feelings, evoked by the familiar gestures of Valentine’s Day may have already changed, adjusted and even faded until next year. But there is a Blessed Assurance in our ONE LOVE Jesus who won’t change. He loves with an everlasting love that was, is and always will be constant. He is ONE LOVE and offers ONE LOVE that doesn’t shift or vacillate. He promises that He is the same today, yesterday and forever. So is His love. Now, that is something you can feel good about!
Do you remember a time you immersed yourself in worship or needed intense protection and actually felt God’s presence? Why do you think that is, if God is not a feeling?