This life we live? This crazy beautiful, heartbreaking, wondrous life? It does all have a purpose, despite that feeling of wandering lost in the wilderness at times. Often, if you’re anything like me.
But one day, one day, it will all make sense.
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. (1 Corinthians 13: 11-12)
Right now, we think and see and live with earthly-based minds, because that’s where we are – in the here and now, down on this earth. But on that day, that glorious day, when life and love all comes to completion in the heavens , and we come face-to-face with the One who loves us more than we can possibly fathom, everything will fall in to place, and we won’t be left wandering or wondering anymore.
For today, tomorrow, and all the days to come we have to live out here on earth, in amongst the people we love and don’t-love-yet, we have a job to do, a direction to follow that has been given to us so clearly, there cannot be any doubt.
We are to love.
Every. Single. Day.
Even when it’s hard.
Even when it’s really hard.
Even when it feels like we need to turn ourselves inside out just to summon up one skerrick of love-as-God-tells-us.
This is who we are created to be, this is how God intended for us to live amongst each other. And He sent His precious son Jesus to teach us this. Even though the teaching involved pain beyond anything we can imagine.
This is why love is the biggest, the most, the greatest.
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 Corinthian 13: 13, The Message)
Right now, in my tired, worn out state, I can barely even begin to fathom what it takes to love extravagantly – what comes to mind is that it means to love like God. To love each other like God loves us.
With hope, and patience, and endurance.
Writing about love, real love for 31 days has shown me that there is so much I have to learn, to discover, to embrace, I feel like I’ve only skimmed my fingertips across the surface of the His truth, of what it is He wants us to know and to breathe deep.
Love is the greatest.