Experiencing the Father's Love
I spend a lot of time thinking about love. Like what love is really about, and why it matters to experience love in our hearts.
I had someone ask me recently, why should experiencing God's love matter? To them, it seemed so vague, elusive, inconsistent.
It's much easier to feel a hug from a person, as opposed to a "hug" from the divine. And how are you supposed to know it is from God, and not simply our emotions, a chemical process in the brain?
The Father's Love is Real
I can not explain with logic or scientific facts how I know that the Source of Love is accessible to us. I just know.
I know that God the Father is not a cruel, perfectionist judge as preached from the pulpit. He is not anxious to punish us, or conversely repulsed from being near those who sin or make mistakes.
The Father's heart is compassionate, pure, present...always tender and ready to connect, no matter our attitude or behavior.
I know this deep river of real, experiential love is a small intention's grasp away from all of us.
I remember seven years ago, almost to the day, sitting in a counselor's office. I felt numb inside (and I had for a long time).
My counselor, Joseph Dalton, had already helped unpack the emotional wounds present from my growing up. But still I was somehow disconnected, out of touch with my heart.
Gently, Joseph led me in prayers, such as "God, what do you want to show me?" I can't explain it, but when I uttered those words, pictures would appear in my mind!
I saw striking images, such as a rope being thrown far away. I felt this symbolized guilt, fear and shame leaving my life (that had a deep hold in me at that point).
I saw ancient words, and to me they interpreted as 'everlasting love.'
And then I saw the image that changed everything. With a gigantic waterfall gushing nearby, God the Father walked towards me, and embraced me. I wasn't prepared for such a powerful picture.
I wept uncontrollably for over an hour, as I received the Father's love for the first time.
My life was transformed after that experience. I knew true as true can be (and still do) that God's love is the fabric of my DNA, and that will never change, no matter what I do or go through.
Pretty powerful, right?
Receive By Letting Go
So how does one experience the Father's love?
Maybe you are depressed, angry, or stuck. Peace is nonexistent, analysis paralysis rules.
Or perhaps you feel numb, distant from emotion. Indifference and apathy are king.
No matter your heart's state, I invite you to reach for the Father's Love.
Reach by letting go. Let go of expectations, of control, of self-focus.
Invite love to flow in your life. Whisper this sacred invitation daily. And then listen.
Hope for everything. Expect nothing.
And you will find what you are looking for.