What Makes the World Go Round?
Something unusual happened to me during one of our usual Sunday sermons.
I appreciate our well-balanced church. It’s not the kind of congregation where everyone sits on the edge of their seats waiting for a dramatic display of God’s glory. I like it this way because I appreciate a stable environment.
I’ve been called a ball of fire due to the fact my passion for things near and dear to my heart is easily ignited. So I tend to stay away from anything that fans me into a towering inferno of soapbox savvy.
Calm is cool.
Before I describe my unusual experience, I want to share about the day before. My husband and I discussed where we should go for our weekend nature walk as we sat together in the den. He craved to visit the seashore, and I decided to go along with his idea since I heard reports of a black bear hanging around the place I wanted to go to.
I knew I would think about the bear the whole hike if we chose my idea,
and that wouldn’t be very enjoyable.
When we arrived at the beach, we noticed the tide was lower than we’d seen it in ages; it gave us a chance to walk barefoot in the sandy shallows. We also enjoyed seeing an eagle couple mirror our presence as they rested on a humongous boulder. I photographed them as I leaned against a large rock. My husband sat on a nearby one and watched sailboats and kayaks glide by.
The next morning, when I opened my Bible, I chose one of the Psalms for my verse of the day. I knew right away which picture I would feature it on—the one with the eagle couple on the rock. The words in Psalm 119:64 about love made me think of our lovely time at the beach.
The earth is filled with your love, O LORD; teach me your decrees.
Psalm 119:64 NIV
I wrote down the verse and composed a poem as I thought about how cozy our weekend had been. Thankfulness washed over me as refreshingly as the ocean waves had cooled my feet off the day before. And then I pondered:
“What is God teaching me right now?”
A moment later, it hit me. Love.
It’s God’s love that fills the earth.
This planet is filled with it—covered with it.
Often, we’re too busy listening to the nightly news of all the terribleness going on around us, we miss the fullness of His love. Our focus influences our worldview. Our focus as people of faith should be upon whatsoever is filled with God’s love and not focused on worldly hate.
Why would we want anyone to ask the reason for our discouragement when we should be so filled with joy they’ll ask the reason for that instead?
Yes, the end draws closer each day. But according to Psalm 119:64, the earth is filled with God’s love. Each time a person turns the other cheek—each time a person prays for those in need—each time a person blesses in response to hate—God’s love is displayed. Each time a person or ministry builds, gives, helps, prays, and serves the needy, God’s love is on display.
Humans were created in the image of God.
So the goodness any of us displays is the love of God, because God is love.
Now, let’s get back to the unusual thing that happened to me at church:
– That Sunday morning, on my way to church, I thought about Psalm 119:64 as I drove past the gate my husband lovingly opened for me. The earth is filled with your love, O Lord.
– I thought about Psalm 119:64 as I drove by a doe lovingly guiding her two spotted fawns away from traffic. The earth is filled with your love, O Lord.
– I thought about Psalm 119:64 as I witnessed a lady leave her dog in deep shade as she lovingly assured him she’d be back soon. The earth is filled with your love, O Lord.
– I thought about Psalm 119:64 as I stepped into my church to be hugged by no less than five faith-filled friends. The earth is filled with your love, O Lord.
– I thought about Psalm 119:64 as a friend grabbed my hand while the pastor prayed over our congregation. The earth is filled with your love, O Lord.
– I thought about Psalm 119:64 as we received communion. The earth is filled with your love, O Lord.
– And when I craved to see the verse again with my eyes—because I couldn’t remember the last phrase—I grabbed a Bible from the pew and flipped it open, fumbling as I tried to put my reading glasses on while still holding a communion glass. When I looked down, I discovered I’d opened it to the very page Psalm 119:64 was on. The earth is filled with your love, O Lord; teach me your decrees.
I sucked in my breath as I realized God was teaching me His decrees right there on the pew while we all waited to partake of the grape juice that symbolized the shed blood—the for God so loved the world blood—that fills the earth with His love. God taught me to focus on His love instead of on the hate in the world because money or mammon doesn’t make the world go round—LOVE does.
(Dear friends, although I wrote and recorded this as a podcast several months ago, it seems Providential it was next in line for me to post on my blog this week. Have you noticed good stories in the middle of all the mess and madness going on lately? I’m nosy-to-know. Please feel free to share a comment or link that displays the goodness of God in the midst of it all. Perhaps you have a blog post along the same lines as this one has been penned–share the link with us.)
An eagle couple rests
Together on the beach
Their love rock solid
As God created it to be.
Blessings of God’s Love ~ Wendy
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