Wise mentors have said that a ‘picture is worth a thousand words’. Such statements are true in so many cases regarding everyday life, especially to those of us in production of various goods and services. To me there are words that paint a thousand pictures……Words like Mother, Father, Sunrise, Sunset, Beauty, and Peace….The greatest of all I think,… maybe the greatest word in the English language is the word…..Love.
The portraits this word paint would fill all the gallery’s in all the world to over flowing. It is the scene of a crumpled flower in the tender hands of a child ….A squirming puppy held tight against a freckled cheek…..An exhausted mother checking the brow of a sick child in the wee hours…..An over-worked father returning home from a long hard day……A soldier entrenched in defense of those on his flank and in his memory…..All of these and so many more are pictures of Love.
Turning once again to the Word of God, one sees the very essence of Love, the portrait of One who defined it for all eternity. He was alone that day…..Separated from humanity and the Godhead by sins not His own….But ours….Mine!…..Mocked, ridiculed, abandoned, and tortured…..He went freely to His death…..Because He Loved Me!!!!! …..This my friends is Love!….The ultimate portrait of….Love!
To Be Continued…..
“Behold what manner of Love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called the Children of God!” ~~ I John 3:1
In chatting with a newly minted friend, I made the mistake of asking her for a suggestion for today’s blog. She suggested this subject…..Love……Now, obviously my new acquaintance is wholly unacquainted with my background or she would know I am probably the least qualified on this earth to expound on this human emotion…..I would be much better suited for a treatise on ‘Quantum Physics’ or Einstein’s ‘Theory of Relativity’. …..For in discussing these problems I would only seem ignorant……Not both ignorant and foolish!!!!
Love????……Oh My!!!!…..My opening lines might be somewhere between….”DUHHHH!!!!”….and “Lord get me out of this!!!!”…..My total inadequacy on this subject is well documented in the fact that at 60 years of age a ‘Marriage License’ has never been filed in my name……And becoming more unlikely by the day that one ever will be…..A wise man once said that, “It is best to remain silent and be thought a fool….Than to speak and remove all doubt!”…..Well let the doubters be warned…..I’m going to make an attempt……Maybe my last words…..Lol!
The late Peter Marshall described love between a man and woman as “ascending to the highest halls of human happiness”…..Indeed it must be so, for so many pursue, yet so few seem to acquire. Love is that treasure we all seek at one point in our lives. For many such a pursuit is a life-long challenge…..For others a daily blessing…..It is that thing that moves us, molds us, makes us, breaks us, fixes us and everything in between…….When discovered it can carry us to heights that Dr. Marshall described….Unrequited it may carry us to depths beyond the Marianna’s….It is with the latter that I seem to have more experience……Even recently I have proven my oblivious grasp of this field…..But that is another blog.
With regards to my reader’s valuable time, I shall not prolong the agony of my ramblings today but I will turn to Someone who truly knows this subject like no other in this universe…..Our Father in heaven…..I John 4:8 tells us….”He who does not love, does not know God…..FOR GOD IS LOVE.”……Rather than continue I will let us ponder this verse……If we do not read another word in our lives, let us all remember…..God Is Love!!!!
An interesting experience in my pursuit of those things of ‘cyber-land’ has been to encounter people who do not believe in the existence of God. This blog in no way, is an attempt to belittle them…..It is merely my way of asking for help in explaining my deep conviction of His presence in my life…..My mental ineptitude and my suspect vocabulary aside, I should like to try. Hopefully my sincerity will be of some value in this endeavor….My prayer is that my brothers and sisters of Face Book and elsewhere will join with me, prayerfully in my witness of His holiness and omniscience.
Where to begin?…..Oh my…..Perhaps the question might be, How to condense His work of some 60 plus years in my own life into a few short sentences. A good start might be recent history….In 1994 chest pains sent me to my doctor and began a long struggle with coronary artery disease (CAD). My cardiologist began discussing trying to live 5 more years, by changing my life style…..As you an see, I have lived some 22 plus years out of those 5 years…..How does this prove God’s existence?…..To the agnostic it would only show coincidence, luck…..To people of faith it would show that maybe He has kept me here for a reason. Perhaps that reason is to befriend some who need Him in their lives?
To me proving the existence of God is like proving the wind…..You can not see it but you can see it’s affects. I see Him in the smile of a child, the lift of a butterfly from a Zinnia’s bloom, the song of a Whippoorwill on a summer eve, the tears of a grandmother lifting her voice to His praise…..What may seem silly to those of a scientific mind, is the wind that helps me sail through life’s troubled waters on a flimsy timbered vessel of my own building…..When I have lost my way, He is always there lighting my pathway back home.
How do I prove God?…..In short, I can not…..Search my life if you wish. You may see a man of many faults and failures….My failures are most glaring when I have failed Him…..Each time He has picked me up, dusted me off, and set me back on His trail….This I believe with all sincerity….If someone searches for Him truthfully, He will find them and He will reveal Himself in a way that will leave no doubt.
My Father in heaven, give me wisdom to proclaim your love throughout Your creation and to all whom You love. May they see past my feeble abilities and see the greatness of Your glory.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever should believe in Him would have everlasting life.” ~~ John 3:16
What is most valuable to you?…..Your bank account?…..If yours is anything like mine, a thief who would steal my account info would be wasting his time…..Might even feel sorry for me and leave a deposit! Lol!…..Is it your stocks?….Bonds?…..Your job perhaps?…..Real Estate?…..Now my meager land holdings are of some sentimental value to me, owing to the fact it has been in my family since prior to the Civil War…..But….What are those things that you hold dear?…..Oh of course our Faith is number one or should be. Our relationship with God is of utmost importance…..But what or who, I should say do we place most value, that give our lives true meaning, especially at our advanced age?…….Say it with me……FRIENDS!!!!
When you have traversed as far as I have down life’s trail, it finally occurs to you that all those financial gains you worked so many hours putting away are meaningless if you have not earned at least one true friend……Mark Twain well said that a man who had one friend, was a rich man…..I agree…..I count myself very rich for I have many friends…..Even richer knowing that I am related to some of my closest friends. Some I have gained in my online experience, where many say friendships are not real, only imaginary figments of cyber-space…..To such I say ‘Hogwash!!!!’……I have many dear friends whom I have never met personally.
One of the saddest experiences of my life has been seeing old friendships whither away. Due to neglect perhaps, or misuse, even an ill-advised word, or comment….however unintentional….. the fabric of friendship can diteriate, or be torn. When that happens, the ‘fabric’ is hard if not impossible to restore to its original condition. It is not to say that it is of a lesser value but…..different, somehow…..Maybe those friendships that have endured hardships or tears, will be even stronger, and of a greater value than ever before. We can only pray that is the case when it happens to us.
May God protect our friendships. Help us recognize true value and appreciation for our friends. Give us strength to bridle our tongues and the wisdom to seek reconciliation for those relationships that may be damaged.
“A new command I give to you, that you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” ~~ John 13:34