Living In Love. Reflections From Tragedy.

Romans 8:38: “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.”

Tonight, I found a reason to search that scripture out. News of someone I went to school with growing up took their own life. A moment of shock, brokenness and disbelief overtook me.

The words of Romans 8:38 are words that leave me breathless and in awe. There is nothing that can separate me from the love of the most incredible being to ever exist. Always reminding me that whatever is ahead, these are the words we can use to comfort those who walk through dark places of despair and indescribable pain. They remind me stop, look around me at the goodness in which God has placed in my path. A sunset of tangerine and peach hues, laughter of old friends, dinner with my family, a text just to say “i’m thinking of you”, the seemingly insignificant and tiny things that point to a deeper story. Hints of love that pave the way of reminding me of the greatest act of love ever committed. He died so I don’t have to. He gave up His life in exchange for mine. He took my pain, in exchange for his joy. Words that I wish I could say to the sweet boy I remember from elementary school; whom I remember to be a talented artist and who was created to know a life of love.

A tragedy which pours forth waves of silence, but also causes a resounding scream in my heart. It reminds me that love is still a worthy cause. I was born to be loved, live loved and infuse the world around me with that same life giving love. I want the love in my life to be so rich, thick and visible that it stains everyone and everything around me. I want it to leave a mark on every place and person that touches my life. I want a love that changes the world. I want the love of Christ, that I find daily changing my heart and reminding me that I am called to radically saturate the earth with evidence of His heart and affection for His people. I don’t want there to ever be anyone in my life who wasn’t reminded frequently that they are loved, valued and cherished.

Take a moment to let his love sink in right now. You were created wonderfully, fearlessly and are born and destined to be loved. You are not meant to just be tolerated, you are violently, recklessly, passionately loved by God himself! Every part of your being is special and He loves your guts! It’s not a pansy, safe, indifferent love. It’s a love that caused him to give everything for you!

“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end— Because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior. I paid a huge price for you! That’s how much you mean to me! That’s how much I love you! I’d sell off the whole world to get you back, trade the creation just for you!”-Isaiah 43:1-4 (MSG)

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