The other morning as I was praying for a friend, these words just poured out onto the pages of my journal. About halfway through, I realized that this message is not just for one particular friend (though it is certainly for you, my dear) but for all of us. Happy Easter, my friends.
What if we just stripped away all the theology, all the questions, all the seeming inconsistencies of life … and just let Jesus love us?
What if we took a step back from our toil, set down our work and opened our hands. I would like to sit in a chair – perhaps a rocking chair – and rest my tired feet and aching muscles. And then, what if we just sat back with nothing left to do but receive His love?
No need to labor over this or that. Forget about if you’re doing a “good enough” job. Stop fretting over whether you said this right or thought that right. Just stop and let Him love you.
Because His love just is. There is nothing you can do to change it. You can’t increase His love or decrease His love. His love has no limits – past, present or future. His love is perfect, bottomless and complete. God’s love just is.
So what if instead of thinking about love, trying to figure it out, you just sit back, relax and open your heart?
You may say that you don’t get it – this love. You wonder, how can you receive His love when you can’t even fathom it? Here’s the thing: you will never truly be able to fathom the depths of His love because it’s His love… and He is God.
But you can experience His love. You can receive His love.
When you were a child, you didn’t understand or fathom your parents’ love. How could you? An infant, a toddler, a child, a teenager can’t know what it is to love with a parent’s love. They can’t even begin to understand such love.
Oh, but they receive it! Like a dry sponge, they soak in every ounce of love their parents will give them.
And so it is with God. We don’t have to understand His love….we just have to receive it.
He loves us. Whether we love Him or not. His love never changes, never runs out, never gives up. His love for us, for me, for you… just is.
And this love is more faithful, more powerful, more rich and deep and warm and consuming and freeing and nourishing and redeeming and forgiving and compassionate and nurturing and constant
and merciful and gracious and fierce and healing and completely free… than any love we’ve ever known.
His is a love we cannot fathom. But it is a love that is ours.
Let go of your toil. Let go of your work. Let go of your need to figure it all out. Let go of every last shred, every little thread, every tiny cord of control. Let go so that you can open your hands and receive.
Let go. Let go. Let go. And let Him love you. Let Him have you.
He waits. He waits at the gates of your heart for the moment you will turn the lock, pull back the heavy doors and let Him in.
He waits. He longs to give Himself to you. Receive Him. He is yours.