A Picture of God’s Love
Consider this great mystery: God’s love lies outside our limits of comprehension, yet remains within our grasp to receive and embrace. Sometimes we need a picture of God’s love to understand it more fully.
When Jesus communicated mysterious truths while He walked the earth, He often provided examples that were rich in imagery, story, and illustration. During a time of meditation several months ago, the Lord was kind enough to paint a picture of God’s love in my mind’s eye. I’m eager to share this peek:
Jesus in a Meadow
He stood there, across the meadow. His back was toward me, but He looked as I imagined He would: dark hair curling just below the neckline of His linen robes, average height, medium build. The birds lifted melodies of praise in His presence. Small yellow flowers seemed to burst with colorful joy as they leaned nearer to Him.
I whispered from far away, barely audible to myself: “Can I come to You, Lord?”
I’d walk as far as necessary to stand next to Him. I sought His permission, His nod to join Him there, across the meadow.
In the blink of an eye, He stood before me, eyes bright with eager excitement. I could feel His enthusiasm and perceived God’s love and His pleasure in seeing me here. “I’m so glad you came,” He said. “I’m happy to see you.”
There was no doubt, which was unusual for me. With many people – even friends and family, I try to discern. Is it manners that I see, or is your greeting sincere? With Jesus, there was no question. His words were genuine. I could see the truth in the lines and expression of His face. I could sense the zeal in His heartbeat. He was glad, truly glad, that I’d come.
You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:13 (HCSB)
His mood was light. The Word teaches that the burdens of our world and eternity rest on His shoulders. In spite of this, He appeared before me fun-loving. Jovial, even.
Then, He invited me to play.
We chased each other through the meadow. It felt similar to a game of tag but entailed a series of choreographed dance steps that I knew instinctively.
As we ran and danced, I experienced the fullness of His favor, the glory of His grace. Nothing in that moment could separate me from God’s love. The reality of Romans 8:38-39 became wholly mine to receive:
For I am persuaded that not even death or life, angels or rulers, things present or things to come,
hostile powers, height or depth, or any other created thing
will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!
The surprise of His humor didn’t resonate in my mind until much later. Nor did the weight of His holiness. In the moment, I simply enjoyed that carefree time of fun – just being, just resting, just playing – in His presence. There were no distractions, no interruptions, and I sensed nothing pressing me to hurry home. This was a day for a precious encounter with Jesus in a meadow.
“Be still, and know that I am God;
Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
Stillness is the absence of striving and ceasing to fight. On this occasion, stillness looked like a peaceful encounter with the King of kings in a quiet meadow. I rested in Him and knew Him more fully than ever before. He filled my heart to overflowing while we laughed and frolicked together.
I met Him there. His relaxed, cheerful, and playful self Who encouraged me toward freedom and delight. There in the meadow, I found His love and fullness of joy in His presence.
I pray that you, too, will receive a glimpse of God’s love and encounter His presence today. You can read more about God’s love here.