Yesterday our very personable 3 year old ran to me in tears – wanting reassurance and cuddles because she had fallen over. This innocent pure desire of a child seeking love and comfort from someone who loves them unconditionally continues all throughout our lives.
Life makes sense when we are in relationship with those who love us. We are made for love. Even if you have never loved or been loved, I want to assure you that there is something even better for you than flawed human love.
There is a deeper love and comfort that every human being yearns for even if they are unaware of that deep longing. Jesus is the only one who will meet your deepest needs for inexpressible love.
If any culture could describe an emotion, it would have to be the middle eastern writers and poets who make astonishing attempts at putting emotions into words. Sometimes the language seems too strong for our western tastes but if you take the time to immerse yourself in the descriptive language, you will begin to “feel” the emotions behind them.
This is the case when we turn to the writing of Solomon in which he describes the groom’s love for his bride: God’s love for Israel and Jesus’ love for us. The bride describes her lover in pictures that evoke beauty, strength, majesty, sweetness, loveliness, dependability, endurance and stature. (Song of Sol. 5:10-16). It’s verse 12 that I particularly want to draw attention to:
“His eyes are like doves by the water streams, washed in milk, mounted like jewels.”
Jesus’ eyes towards us are gentle and loving, looking on us with sympathy and compassion. He is like a white dove with its bright eyes fixed unwaveringly on drinking water by a refreshing stream. In the same way Jesus fixes His gaze on us, taking great delight in us. Ponder that picture a while and capture its deep meaning.
If you want to see proof of that great love we have the fact that Jesus died for you (John 3:16). “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends” (John 15:13 NIV).
And more! Just like the Holy Spirit came onto Jesus at His baptism like the fluttering of a dove, so “God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us” (Rom. 5:5 NIV).
We have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us to bring us into the most intimate relationship with our Creator. The Comforter, as Jesus called Him, whispers to us that we belong to Jesus and nothing shall separate us from His love. This is the love every human heart is searching for.