“God is love.”
~1 John 4:8
“Aren’t you forgetting something?” God asked me as I lifted a pillow from the couch and peered underneath.
“I forgot where I put my car keys. Want to help me find them?” I asked.
“I didn’t mean your car keys,” God answered.
I dropped to my knees and looked under the couch. There they were! I picked them up and dashed out the door. I spent the entire day running errands. When I got home I curled up on the couch, exhausted.
“Aren’t you forgetting something?” God asked me.
“You asked me that this morning. Sorry. I’ve been busy. What am I forgetting?”
“How much I love you,” God said with so much tenderness in His voice that my heart melted.
“Awwwwww. Thank you!”
“You get so busy that you forget the most important thing of all,” God said. “Love is the only real thing in life. Everything else is just an illusion, a distraction.” I thought about my hurried day.
“I love you beyond your wildest dreams. Beyond your comprehension. I’m always with you,” God said. “Will you remind the others, in case they have forgotten?”
“Yes, I’ll tell them,” I said.
“Tell them that I sing over them as they sleep at night. I watch over them by day. I celebrate every good thing in their lives. I mourn their every sorrow. I love them to the heights and depths of my creation, and beyond. My heart leaps every time they call my name, every time they remember me,” God said gently.
My eyes pooled with tears at the thought of how happy God is when we remember Him, and how often we forget Him. “Yes, I’ll tell them, God,” I promised. And so I have, with this Soul Reminder.
“For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.”
I stopped into a cafe to get out of the pouring rain. I ordered a cup of coffee and was shocked to hear the price. “Why is your coffee so expensive?” I asked.
“You aren’t paying only for the coffee. You are paying for the fine china it’s served in and the ambiance,” the cashier said as he waved his hand to show me the beauty of the cafe. I paid for my coffee and sat down and pondered his words.
How often am I paying attention to only one small part of God’s creation and not seeing it in the context of the whole? I give thanks for the food I eat, yet I seldom give thanks for the people who plant and harvest it. I don’t give thanks for the favorable weather that allowed the crops to grow. Nor do I give thanks for the insects that pollinate or ward off other insects that may want to eat the crops. I don’t give thanks for the microbes in the soil, or the air, or any of the myriad of things that go into the production of my food. In other words, I rarely see the full picture of the abundance and blessings of God.
When I think of all that goes into the production of my food, I am reminded of how intricately interwoven our lives are. What is affecting you today will somehow affect me, even if we are worlds apart. That commandment of Jesus’ to love one another was a way to ensure that we all have good lives, not just some of us. I sipped the last of my coffee and went back out into the storm. I had a new appreciation for humanity. It’s not “every man for himself.” It’s every man is me.”
(I first published this Soul Reminder 2/17/2017. A few months ago I stopped eating any animal products. It makes this Soul Reminder even more special for me as I know I am not paying someone to exploit, enslave, abuse, or kill another sentient creature in God’s creation for my tastebuds. That feels so good in my soul!)
“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place…”
I went out in the dark of night to get some space away from an exhausting day. Over my house hung a sliver of the moon and a star, side by side. I’m sure it was a planet, but which one, I don’t know. The two of them looked as if they could have been holding hands, gazing into one another’s eyes with deep affection. I smiled at the thought of celestial friendships—how everything hanging in God’s sky is in perfect harmony.
I breathed in the cool of the night, God’s own breath, and I wondered, Why can’t we be in perfect harmony with each other? I asked myself What do I need to do to love more? I went to bed with the desire to live in more peace and harmony with all of God’s creation.
“So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us.
~1 John 4:16
Jesus instructed us to love. But we aren’t supposed to only give love. God’s love flows like a mighty river. We are to receive it as well. For many of us, receiving love is a challenge. We push it away, afraid that we are not worthy.
It is our job to let go of our unworthiness. We do that by giving our fears to God and allowing Him to work within us. Remember, He promised that He would remove our heart of stone (our fearful heart) and replace it with a heart of flesh. He also promised us He would put His Spirit inside of us. How can God’s Spirit be unworthy of love? It can’t be!
There is no way you are unworthy of love. Learn to receive love. Let it flow through you and back out into the world, as part of the whole we all live in together, as one.
God loves all things that exist and loathes nothing that He has made.
I saw it out of the corner of my eye, a black splotch slowly crawling up my white curtains just a few feet away from me. I jumped. I hate spiders! But even though I’m not a fan of them, I can’t bring myself to kill them. I trotted down the hall to the kitchen and got a mason jar. I’d catch and release the little monster.
As I struggled to get the spider to crawl into the jar without it crawling onto my hand, I muttered under my breath, “God, why did you make these creatures?
“Because I love them,” God answered. “Just as I love you.”
“You love spiders the same amount as you love humans?” I asked, a bit surprised.
“There are no favorite children in my house,” God said gently.
“But what about the saying that we are more valuable than the birds in the air that you feed?”
“You may play a bigger role in creation, but that doesn’t mean I love you any more than anything else I’ve created,” He explained.
The spider finally entered the jar and I quickly walked it outside and released it in the meadow. I watched it crawl to safety in the tall grass. God’s words opened my heart. I no longer saw a creepy spider; I saw God’s love there before me. I turned and walked back to the cottage, humming a happy little tune.
God is love.
~1 John 4:8
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
(1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
If you want to love as Jesus commanded us to love, I encourage you to consider enrolling in my one-on-one Sacred Relationship Workshop. There you’ll learn the neuroscience of love coupled with Christ’s teachings so that you will have a more personal relationship with God, and be more able to keep His commandment to love Him and others. You may also experience more peace and health and have stronger relationships.