Friday, August 22, 2008

Will Somebody Please Love Me?

We all ache for an intense, ultimately fulfilling love experience. One that does not die down and “get comfortable” with time. One that is not fickle or emotional. One that does not hold a grudge or get weary. We may (and do) love in that human way, but we all long for love that caresses from within. Love that spreads throughout our veins, into our pores and shoots out radiant joy and confidence from our being because we walk knowing that we are so completely loved by someone.

Have you found that kind of love? So many have not and yet they so desperately search, oftentimes running away from the only Source that can truly love in that complete sort of way.

**“We are living in a lonely world, in a very needy world, and the need for true community and meaningful connectedness has never been more piercingly heard and severely felt. When the diaries of the famed atheist, Madeline Murray O'Hare [who filed the lawsuit that ended the practice of daily prayer in American public schools] were auctioned off several years ago, they found three times punctuated in her journals the words:

"Will somebody somewhere please love me?

Will somebody somewhere please love me?"

What hopelessness! How gut-wrenchingly sad! This woman fought against (and quite successfully) the “Somebody somewhere” whom she was so desperately searching for. She did not know He was right there all the time desiring her to experience His love.

This love that was poured out on her behalf fell vainly for Madeline Murray O’Hare. How many others are crying out for unfailing, unconditional love? We all are!

Some of us have found His love, but we don’t fully realize how complete that it is because we don’t take the time to spend with Him so that He can show us and infill us with that all-encompassing love.

Don’t we all agree that we feel closest to God when we spend time with Him? The more time I spend in conversation, in the Word, in meditation sitting quietly before Him as He pours His love out over me, the more I realize that His love truly IS enough!

We WANT so much in our world. We want the things of the world that bring us pleasure and ease. We want the foods of the world that tickle our taste buds. We want conflict free relationships and lucrative employment. We really want much in our world with as little inconvenience and effort as possible. We want pretty things, fun friends, easy money, lovely homes, unbreakable gadgets and family members that won’t cause us grief.

We LOVE so much in our world. We love pizza, popcorn and pop. We love beautiful clothes and dazzling jewelry. We love certain colors and specific music. We love our mom, dad, brother, sister, dog, cat, hamster and goldfish. We love relaxing vacations and a hot cup of Harney & Sons Paris tea with a raspberry truffle on the side. :)

But all of these wants and all of these loves fall short. They fall short of what we truly want and what we truly love and they always will fail because they are of the world and not of God.

We have all “wanted” and “loved” things before and just “had to have it” only to find that the desire and feelings for the “thing” fade after the getting is over. Once again, fulfillment is not met. Something is lacking. We look to something else (or someone) to meet the new need since it is still there. The past conquest didn’t fill the hole felt so intensely within that we are off to find what will.

“Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments, and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you and that your joy may be made full.” John 15:9-11

I want full joy, don’t you?

Ahh...but you say, “It is conditional love, not unconditional. If I keep His commandments, if I follow His rules, then He will love me.”

No...God loved us first.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son...” (John 3:16)

He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will.” (Ephesians 1:4-5)

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ.” (Ephesians 2:4-5)

He loves us first and greatest! In our response to receiving this great love and since we want to continue abiding in it, we then want to please Him and do those things that are pleasing to Him. Thus, we keep His commandments and put effort into our relationship with Him.

This is how it works—when we are greatly loved, we want to greatly love back! It’s that simple!

God wants to love you. He wants to love you greatly, completely, fully, with a love that doesn’t make sense to our brains but meets the intense longing of our beings. He loves you like that already. Spend time with Him and receive this love like no other.

"Will somebody somewhere please love me?"

Yes, dear friend, Somebody will...Somebody does! Turn, look and walk into that love. It will fill you like no other!

**See the full article where this was found here