“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
~1 John 4:8
“What shall I write today, God?”
I ask that question every morning before I throw back the covers and crawl out of bed. I write the next day’s Soul Reminder after my morning prayers and before I do anything else. But not this morning. For the first time in almost a year of writing Soul Reminders, I stared at a blank page. Nothing. Zip. Nada. So, I started my day and prayed that God would give me the words He wanted me to share later on.
He did. Finally.
Curled up on the couch, creating the online course Listen Like Jesus (I know, it’s about a month behind schedule. I’m sorry) I felt a tug at my heart. “Write these words to everyone, please,” God whispered. And so, here they are:
“I love you.
It’s not just that I love you, I AM LOVE. There is no part of me that is not love. I know you ask the difficult question ‘ If you love me, why do you let me suffer?’ All I can say is trust me. Whatever circumstances you find yourself in that cause you pain, there I AM. There is my love. I’m everywhere. I’m in the middle of your pain, your darkness. I will never leave you. I will never forsake you. You are my creation and I’m so proud of you.
I breathed life into you because I wanted you to taste the sunshine.
I wanted you to feel the wind play through your hair. I wanted you to feel the warmth of another’s arms wrapped around you. I wanted your heart to beat with the love I have for you. I know your journey has challenges, but keep going. Keep waking up full of wonder, full of curiosity. Keep turning toward the mystery. Don’t turn your face from me, for I want to see your beautiful eyes. I want to hold your sweet face in my hands.
I have plans and promises for you.
I have more joy for you, just around the bend. I have more love for you than you can ever begin to imagine. One day, you’ll understand. Not today. Maybe not tomorrow. But one day. So keep talking to me. Keep creating your life with my grace and love. Let my Spirit inside of you guide you. I promise everything will be okay. You’re going to shine so brightly, you’ll light the whole world on fire. You’ll see. Go taste the sunshine. Go feel the wind in your hair. Go love.
I’m in your heart, beating wildly.