"...God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." Psalm 73:26
Like a young girl in love experiencing her first sloppy wet kiss, my heart skipped a beat. I stood there speechless and amazed by the depth of his affection. I wasn't looking for anything--never asked him to prove himself--he just surprised me with a precious gift. Every girl loves a good surprise.
At first I didn't recognize the gift. It wasn't beautifully wrapped or tied up with a curly bow. It wasn't anything I'd asked for, but it was perfect. He presented his gift through an unsuspecting sister-in-faith. Funny thing was she didn't know she was offering his gift to me either. She just needed help--help that I could easily give.
I questioned whether I should accept it--afraid he'd mistaken me for his true love. How could he possibly love me this much? What did I do to deserve such a lavish gift? What did he expect in return?
So, I paused and listened to his heart speak. It told me I didn't do anything to deserve his love or his gift. He simply loves me. That. Is. It. No expectations, no strings attached--just pure, inexplicable, unconditional love.
It took a day to sink in and suddenly it was like "heaven meets earth with a sloppy wet kiss." Overwhelmed by his extravagant love, he wins my heart and I accept his gift and we dance and dance and dance.
The song above, How He Loves by John Mark McMillan, explains my heart today.
I pray God lavish you with his extravagant love, surprise you with his affection and win your heart. If you like, won't you encourage our hearts today and share with us how God shows his love for you?