April 1, 2022

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

John 3:16 (NIV)

Love is . . .

When I sensed “Love” was to be my theme for this blog, my thoughts spun in a myriad of directions. How was I to approach this subject? God, what do you want me to write for this Easter season?

Ideas came to me, but none seemed quite right, at least for this message at this time. And since I am a firm believer in God’s timing for everything, I didn’t want to forge ahead with abandon.

I asked the Lord to lead me. As I plopped my head onto my pillow, before drifting into slumber, I once again pleaded with Him to show me where to go on this topic. Or, if not addressing love, then what?

In the middle of the night I had a dream—one of those that is so vivid it stays firmly implanted in one’s mind upon arising the next morning. So here it is—

The Dream . . .

I am walking along a country lane when a road grader slowly passes me. The operator lowers the blade and proceeds to plow sand along a steep ditch. The sand shifts and carries the machine down into a murky pond. Instantly, the grader with the operator inside plummets beneath the surface.

Knowing I have to act quickly, I run to the bank and wade into the water where I can see only the top of the machine. Plunging my hand into the mire, I feel a hand. Grasping it, I pull and pull. Relieved when the man’s body emerges, I laboriously drag him to dry ground and turn him over. After water trickles from his mouth, I rotate him onto his back. He gasps and flutters his eyes open.

“I reached out my hand for yours,” I say. “And was glad when you put yours in mine.”

He says nothing.

“Just like Jesus holds out His hands to take ours—to save us,” I add.

At that point I awoke, knowing this was to be my message of how much Jesus loves us. So much so that He willingly went to the cross to die for you and me. He arose with nail-scarred hands that He holds out to us so we may join Him in heaven for eternity.

Life Changing Questions . . .

The other part of this message of love lies in the questions:

  • Who in your life needs to be rescued from the muck and mire of his or her life—i.e. Who can you reach out to in love to keep this person from drowning in his or her circumstances?
    • If no one comes to mind, ask God to reveal who needs your love, and ask Him to help you help him or her.
  • If you haven’t yet put your hand in Jesus’, why not lift up your hand now to receive His love?

Prayer:   Thank you, Lord, for sending your Son, who loves me so much that He gave His life to save me.

Thoughts for the Day:

  • “Love is a thing that is full of cares and fears.”—Ovid
  • “One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life; that word is love.”—Sophocles

“. . . God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”—1 John 4:16