Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time there was a little girl whose baby brother was very ill. The little girl watched as her mother and father cared for the little boy. They wanted so desperately for the boy to get well. But all their attempts at healing failed. They tried everything, but no one had the answer. The little girl loved her baby brother. She thought she must do something to help. She remembered a story her grandmother told her about a magical bird, a little blue bird with powers to grant wishes to anyone brave enough to find it. So off the little girl went in search of the mystical creature.
Where is the love? The little girl in our story went off to find an object, a mythical creature who she hoped would see heart’s desire, and grant her request to cure her baby brother. When we arrive on this planet, we are also in search of something, or someone who will see our desires, and grant our wishes, and love us. We struggle with the not only the object, but along the journey. We go off looking for it, whatever it is, but our internal GPS is off. We look for love in all the wrong places. Our vision is distorted, and convoluted. We’ve gotten lost in the jungle, in the desert, in the wilderness; blinded by illusions, lies, legacies, false dreams, images, hurts, pain, disappointments, and those blinded eyes cannot see the truth. We don’t know where is the love, nor what love really is.
So, where is the love?
Scripture says love comes from God. 1 John 4: 7. Love is also everlasting. Love is divine, heavenly, it never fails. Love is patient, kind; it is not proud or boastful. Love is wonderous, miraculous, and we were born out of love, so we are both beloved and love. Now, when I say we are love, and beloved, many of you were probably immediately turned off. No, not me. I’m not lovely, I’m not lovable, I have never really, really been loved. My father, mother, sisters, brothers, husband, wife; they didn’t love me. Oh, they said they did, but they didn’t. If they had loved, they would have___. If they had, they would have shown me that I was beloved. Or how can I be beloved when I_______? Just look at me! I’ve done so many horrible things. I don’t know who I am. I’m all messed up. No one really loves me.
Beloved is a powerful word. The mere speaking of it does something to our heart, mind, and soul. When we first experience what we feel is love, our whole being changes. Our soul hungers for it. It becomes a drug. Once we’ve tasted it, we want more. But that kind of love is not love as God defines it. So, where is the love?
“The Lord appeared to us in the past saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. Jeremiah 31:3 NIV
Love is a song of life, hope and deliverance. It is a clear, sweet heart song like none other. And it is special and different to each of us. We received it at the moment of conception. God told the angels look at this one, look how marvelous he is, she is. They will bring something the world has never known. How beautiful they are? Look at them, my son, my daughter. Look at the love. See how they shine, sparkle; My children; My crowning achievement. I made them in my image; My beloved. We heard the voice of love right in the very heart of our DNA. It was a song that said yes to Him who is love. It is one of recognition, and angels rejoiced at our new birth, because another song of love filled the earth, another soul bringing glory to Father. Our yes becomes His symphony, and our combined voices fill the atmosphere with love songs to Him, and those needing to find their love songs.
It is love that creates and heals. It is love that builds, restores, and gives. It is love which endures all things, and demonstrates courage in the midst of the storms. It is love that makes a home, and a community. It corrects injustice, and sacrifices. It is a song one hears that the soul longs for; it is the melody of life – a sweet harmony experienced when we embrace Him. When we remember He is love, and His very essence, character is divine love, we are complete. It is astonishing, magnificent, majestic, saving love. Beloved, when we get the message of Jesus, that He (God) so loved the whole world that He gave us love wrapped up in Christ, then we see, feel and know we are beloved. And God’s eyes sparkle, and He smiles when we discovered we are loved by Him. Fully loved.
Say yes to His love, for he created us; you and me out of heavenly love. Remember our love song, our true song, and refuse to allow yourself to become dull, blurred and seared by the world anymore. No more running around to and fro. Cease the frenzy pace. Stop, because we are no longer seeking the answer to the question where’s the love. The answer was given to each of us; a prime directive from the God Creator of all. The real question is, does the world see it? Does it see the love of Christ in you and me? When you look at me, and I look at me, do we see love? Are we reflecting the answer to the question, where is the love? Our lives must reflect the love. Fully aware, transmit love to the world as He did, and does. Tell the world, He loves with an everlasting love. Tell them, we are from God, and whoever knows God must hear the voice of love, because we have been born of God’s love. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4: 6, 11 [paraphrased]. The world needs to hear the strings of God’s love. They desperately need to see your belief that you are love, and beloved of God. It is through us they hear their own love song – the divine plan of salvation.
So, the answer to the question,where is the love is inside of each of us. It is you. It is me. It’s Christ. Together, we are the answer to question.
O, the little girl in the story, did she ever find the little blue bird? She discovered, as we all do it where it was. Right within her.
Today, before another thought of what I have to do; before you begin that internal self talk about this is nothing, or it is not for me, before another moment passes and you say no, come and say yes to love. Answer the question, where is the love?