Did you know that God actually understands us, accepts us, delights in us, and is eager to smile at us?
This is something I think people don’t grasp as deeply as Jesus would like us to. Ronald Rolheiser, in his book, “Prayer: Our Deepest Longing”, recounts a dream he had of Jesus. He dreamed that he had to go to the airport to pick up Jesus, who was arriving on a flight. He was very nervous because he was not sure how he would recognize Jesus. What would he look like? How would he react to Ronald? What would they say to each other? So he stands watching passengers get off the plane and is afraid Jesus will be disappointed in him. But what happens is the exact opposite of what Ronald expected! Jesus walks toward him, smiling, beaming with delight, rushing toward him, eager to meet him! Ronald knows Jesus can see his faults and weaknesses, but none of that mattered! Jesus was eager to meet him!
In thinking upon this dream of his, I came to a couple of conclusions. First, we tend to live in fear of God. Some of it is bad theology or bad teaching, but mostly I think we fear God because we have never truly experienced the kind of unconditional love that God offers to us in our human lives.
Second, we believe God is disappointed in us; that we haven’t done enough and that when we do see Him, he will be frowning at us instead of smiling. Finally, I think because of these things, we avoid God when we are most in need of his love and acceptance. We are so afraid that God will be disappointed in us that in times of need, we are afraid to go to Him with our need. We have all had people in our lives who are disappointed with us and even angry with us over some small thing. And we tend to put that image on God instead of the image that is given to us in 1 John 4:16, “God is love.”
The chapter goes on to say that “Perfect love casts out all fear.” We have nothing to fear in coming to our Lord or in seeking our Lord! He will never be disappointed in us! He loves us perfectly! Jesus wants us to seek Him out in ALL things, not just the “major” events of our lives! Jesus wants to be involved in every tiny detail of our lives
for He is the Perfect Parent as well as being the perfect friend, sibling, neighbor, etc.! We have nothing to fear in coming to the Lord. He will never force us, but rather receives us with great love! My favorite verse in Paul’s letters comes from Romans, Chapter 8, verses 38-39. “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Can I get an AMEN?
I still have 3 copies of “The Chronicles of Narnia”, the 7 stories bound as one, available in my office for $13.00.
See you soon! Karen