At one time or another, I think we’ve all longed to love and be loved. We have desired to have someone choose us first or make the effort of investment in a relationship. Friendships, family, or romance alike require a push and pull of attempt, or the result can be fatal. Too much draw on one side could equivalate crossing a line in a tug-of-war. Not enough will result in virtually nothing.
Now I’m not a math or science wizard, in fact, I despise those subjects, but something stands out. Imagine the tug-of-war scene painted above. If you have two equal forces acting in opposite directions, these are called balanced forces. And balanced forces, no matter how hard they both pull on an object, will not change the object’s motion because they are equally invested.
Sometimes, I think as much as we put into our one-sided relationships, friendships, and families, craving for them to give us the ounce of passion we offer, we forget that Jesus desires energy with Him. Because as much as I long for my boyfriend to tell me he loves me, or my friends to make time to hang out, or my family to listen to my heart, Jesus desires our relationship with Him to be first, steadfast, and true.
A few weeks ago, I saw the movie I Still Believe, and what touched me most was the love Jeremy Camp had for Melissa, even though he knew the hardships they would soon face. Reminiscing that love, I thought, “___ will never know how much I love them,” and God shot back, “You will never know how much I love you.”
Unlike human love, God’s love for us is unconditional and unfathomable. It surpasses the waves and depths of our understanding. But to partake, we must value His love with us, above all this world has to offer. 1 John 4:19 remarks, “We love because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19, ESV), and we’re all longing for love. Yet, Jesus, in all of His power, never asked for actions, investments, or financing in return, He wanted our heart, and He still does.