It was 1 a.m., and I lay wide awake in bed staring up at the ceiling. Old hurts had crept back into my heart and mind, telling me lies like "I’m worthless and irreparably broken". That I’m "not really capable of beginning a new life chapter and managing all the things that are now my responsibility".
But, in the midst of those lies, I heard that still small Voice whisper, “I love you Lisa. No matter what happens, no matter your problems big and small, I love you.” It hit me as if the room was lit up with several spotlights...I was created to be loved!
Our Creator loves His creation. Period. We don’t feel loved when others hurt or abuse us. We don’t feel loved when we are betrayed. We don’t feel loved when our family or friends aren’t able to deal with our pain. We don’t feel loved when we make mistakes. We don’t feel loved when God doesn’t answer our prayers in the time and way we want Him to. But, that doesn’t mean He doesn’t love us!
Father God, You love us continually; day in and day out. Your love is active and has no end. You call us ‘beloved children.’ You love fully and freely---without reservation! I choose to live in the truth of Your Love. Amen.
We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing Him directly just as He knows us! But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love. 1 Corinthians 13:12-13