Sometimes love is so powerful, it scares me. A few days ago, I was dining at a restaurant in my hometown. Around the table sat five of my family members who also happen to be some of the people I love most in the world. At one point I found myself looking around the table at these faces, some of which have been part of my life's tapestry from the very beginning.
And I love them so much...the thought of life without them scares the heck outta me. So much to the point that I thought to myself: "I want to lock them up in a room, along with the rest of the people I love most (you know who you are) and keep them there."
Yes, crazy. I know you're thinking it.
And of course this isn't feasible or practical or a sane thought.
But the love I feel for them that would prompt me to have these kinds of crazy thoughts is sort of a scary thing.
And on the flip side of that coin, the power of love is enough that even if for some terrible reason I never saw my loved ones again, I know I'd still go on loving them. Just like I have with other people in my life who've moved on or passed on.
And this is just the love that's felt between people. We can't even begin to imagine the incredible power of the love that our Creator feels for us.
Some people live in such fear. And others feel alone or unwanted. And of course we all have terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days. But if we're really honest about the amazing love we have access to, this incredible living, breathing love that is just ripe for the taking, how can we spend so much of our energy fretting about all the nonsense that doesn't matter?