I had big plans for the day. I was going to have one cup of coffee while reading for no more than 30 minutes then I’d finish packing and moving (in preparation for a landlord sponsored floor replacement). God had a different plan.
Coffee in hand, I reached for the book I’d been reading. It’s a good one, full of new ways of thinking sprinkled with scripture – my favorite kind. Something inside me [Ahem, God?] said “Nope. Not that one. This one.” I went to my hodge-podged seating area under the tree in the back yard, armed with a cup of coffee (just one!) and a copy of Max Lucado’s A Love Worth Giving. Okay, no biggie there. A different book but the same plans for the day. 30 minutes of reading.
3 cups of coffee and a few hours later, I’ve finished the last chapter of a book I just started this morning. I’ve been praying fervently for direction. Oh, how I wish I would have gotten very detailed, Google Maps-like, turn-by-turn advice! How I wish I could pick one very specific lesson from this book and write a quick post about it! How I wish my belongings were packed and moved to the basement!
A Love Worth Giving didn’t provide the exact recipe I was looking for. I don’t know exactly what my next step should be. It certainly didn’t move any of my things for me. However, God did – through each word, each page, each chapter – provide insight much more grand.
Through Lucado’s graceful delve in to 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, I found my direction. You know the verses:
“Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
The answer to all my questioning was so straightforward: Love. God’s love for us, in us, and outpouring through us. It’s as though God was saying “You’re struggling with work? Your answer is my love. You’re struggling with friendships? Your answer is my love. You’re struggling with family? Your answer is my love. You’re struggling with heartbreak? Your answer is my love…” Questions I didn’t even know I had were answered. Tears of conviction and joy and hope took me by surprise (good thing my make-shift decking is water treated!).
No turn-by-turn directions; Just an invitation to yoke up to Him, receive His love, and give it freely in return. Kaity, haven’t you already received God’s love? Yep. Sure have. But as Lucado advises, we should receive His flowers daily because the world takes a lot of petals from us.
I willfully accept God’s love today. I’ll do it again tomorrow, and the next. I will receive love first so that I may freely give love. I am thankful for the unplanned direction this morning. Now time to move some boxes!
This is more than a book recommendation. This is an invitation to let God speak to you in your language. God knows my affinity for books, so He often guides me through them. What media does God use to speak to your heart?