Dialogue Between a Christian and a Truth Seeker

The Desire of God

It opens the heart to see things from God's perspective and it helps to heal images of God that are far far from the truth. In fact a point comes in the spiritual life where a Copernican shift occurs in which we realize that God is not a part of our world at all - we are part of His, and that as a consequence of our reversed spiritual vision from the fall, we have spent a lifetime trying to make God into our image, orbiting our needs and desires. Our images of God harsh and reflect more about us than about Him.  We can find a glimpse of God's true face, though, through the revelation of His desire -His desire for us. Looking at the Creation event, and Jesus revelation of the Father, provides a shadowy glimpse of the intensity of this desire of God. In Genesis before God made man, each day of creation ends with the proclamation - "God saw that it was good". The meaning of good being translated as agreeable, pleasant excellent. However, after the sixth "day" of creation when God had made man the day ends with the proclamation.Dialogue Between a Christian and a Truth Seeker

"And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, a sixth day". Gen 1:31

The original Hebrew translates "very" to mean powerfully mightily or forcefully good, in other words - inexpressibly good. This is a departure from the previous kind of good - and portrays a goodness reflecting God Himself. God created us in His image and likeness and seeing a reflection of uncreated Love, loved us with the same fire of uncreated Love - the Holy Spirit. I am an artist myself and when I have completed a painting that I am happy with, it fills me with the delight of a child and a sense of well being. What was (is) it like for God who having created us, beheld His creation and rejoiced with the inexpressible and uncontained love of a child - a God-child. What He did once He is continually doing, being outside of time. As He rejoiced once, so He continually rejoices. This Fire of Divine Love which consumes each of us until we are transformed into Him, also becomes the Fire of Hell for those who reject Him and must continually bear with being Loved in that way though they have turned it to hate saying to the mountains "cover us" and to the Hills "fall on us". Jesus revealed the depth of the Desire of God for us, each of us, without exception.

"And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up at the last day" John 6:39. The fire of this Loving Desire is concentrated on each one of us as if we were the only one that ever lived. That Love cries out to us from the cross - "I thirst"; John 19:28, but for each one of us personally. God's Love is not diluted by the number of children Loved. It's the opposite, His Love creates more on which to pour out His Love. Reconciling the Divine thirst of God for His weak and miserable child, undeserving, is the beginning of true humility - who I am before God. The humility that forges saints is of the type that accepts the unacceptable - to be loved to the point of madness, far beyond what seems right or just according to how we measure ourselves or our neighbor. Reaching that point of accepting to be loved, undeservedly, without understanding why, is fulcrum of true listening obedience and the entry point to God's world, where everything is understood to be the mark of Love - even suffering.

Two passages of scripture especially reveal to me the childlike rejoicing of God's love for His Children. The first is Jesus response to the disciples in John 4 after the conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well. "I have meat to eat that you know nothing about"; John 4:32. Rather than a rebuke to the disciples I sense the thrill inside Jesus of having rescued His creation for the Father. Who thinks about eating on occasions when the heart is moved beyond expression? The second one is when Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit in Luke 10:21. I can well imaging Him jumping and dancing for joy in the manner of His own words  (Luke 6:23)  for those simple souls who would accept the Divine Love. Will you? Will I?. Pray that it may be so.

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