(post #13 for the Write 31 Day Challenge)
Two mornings ago, on the last morning of our retreat, my sister and mama and I were watching the waves. “The ocean waves always make me think of Jesus’ unrelenting love for us,” my mom said. “No matter what, his love just keeps coming, pursuing us, unrelenting in his adoration of us.” (See what I mean about believing as I do about his love?)
After she stepped back inside, Heather and I sat in silence for a bit. This blog series was on my mind, and these posts about spiritual boundaries already sketched out in drafts.
I liked that. I like thinking of the love of God as pursuing, adoring, unrelenting in his quest for our hearts.
Watching the waves crash again and again, and seeing the outline on the sand where the high tide had stretched, another thought came, and the two joined together into a deep hammock of safety. My heart softly climbed in.
“Love is a respecter of boundaries,” the thought went, “like waves respect the shore.”
Unrelenting, the waves are; but they keep within their bounds. For the ocean to overstep its bounds means something is wrong. The same would hold true for expressions of love.
“Do you not fear Me?’ declares the LORD. ‘Do you not tremble in My presence? For I have placed the sand as a boundary for the sea, an eternal decree, so it cannot cross over it. Though the waves toss, yet they cannot prevail; Though they roar, yet they cannot cross over it.” Jeremiah 5:22
It makes me feel deeply safe to know that God does not force his love upon me, to know he does not force himself upon me. This is the deepest of all our theologies, to me, this one that says, quite simply, God is love.
Love is a respecter of persons, entirely.
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