“Ask Christians what they believe about God,” David Benner writes in Surrender to Love, “and most have a good deal to say. However, ask the same people what they know about God from direct personal experience, and most will have much less to say.”
Perhaps you are one of those people with little to say. If that’s the case, take a few minutes to ask the Holy Spirit to show you how God has loved you today.
You don’t need to think hard. Just wait. The Holy Spirit will bring something to mind. It could be the way a co-worker made you smile or how a sunflower looked ready to burst. Perhaps it was a cancelled appointment that allowed you time to relax or finding that pair of sunglasses you thought you’d lost. Whatever comes to mind, savour that moment. Thank God for it.
Benner says, “God is head-over-heels in love with you. God is simply giddy about you. He just can’t help loving you. And he loves you deeply, recklessly and extravagantly–just the way you are.”
God is ready to burst with deep, reckless affection for you. So pay attention.
Before you know it, you’ll be like the poet Hafiz, who wrote:
God and I have become
like two giant fat people
living in a tiny boat.
bumping into each other
When I searched for Love, the Beloved answered within my heart. – Psalm 34:4