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REF: Created to be loved!

1 November 2009 3 Comments

Summer is clearly over and fall has been all around us, with the alternating of cold spells and warm air coming from the south, accompanied by rains that are flooding the fields. These are just a few of the signs of a season that is changing and we hope that it will bring some “positive” changes also in our lives…

Unfortunately we usually don’t associate the season of fall with “positive” changes, because what we see is that, after the harvesting of the fruits of the earth, creation is starting to lose its shades of green and we know that it will soon undress itself of all the leaves that have colored it so beautifully during the spring and summer months. We perceive this as sort of a “loss to bear”, because our human nature is tied to the immediate present and we can’t see further than that! We can’t understand, and don’t really care about all the intricacies that are needed for the regeneration of creation, so that it can prepare for the soon coming flourishing that will follow, after winter is over and spring will be here!

Although we know that these are positive changes that are necessary for the continuity of the natural process of things, our emotions are often tied to our own momentary perception and we struggle to “take joyfully the spoiling of our goods, knowing that we have a better and an enduring substance coming” (Hebrews 10:34).

This might be due to our incapability to trust the One Who created life and all of its natural processes, because our so called “happiness” is depending on the emotions that we get from our natural senses, instead of opening our hearts and minds to the hidden truths that God wants to reveal to us! As it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)

These days I’ve been reading a best-selling book entitled “The Shack” (by W. Paul Young), whose main character, Mack, is deeply hurt by the loss of his daughter during traumatic circumstances and is bound in a cage of guilt that won’t let his soul rest. In chapter 6, while talking with God, who’s conversing with him under the human resemblances of a colored woman, a bird lands on the kitchen windowsill and begins strutting back and forth. While handing the bird a mixture of grains, Papa (God) tells Mack:

“Consider our little friend here. Most birds were created to fly. Being grounded for them is a limitation within their ability to fly, not the other way around. You, on the other hand, were created to be loved. So for you to live as if you were unloved is a limitation, not the other way around. Living unloved is like clipping a bird’s wings and removing its ability to fly. Not something I want for you. – Pain has a way of clipping your wings and keeping you from being able to fly. And if left unresolved for very long, you can almost forget that you were ever created to fly in the first place.”

Papa (God) then continues: “A bird’s not defined by being grounded but by his ability to fly. Remember, humans are not defined by their limitations, but by the intentions that I have for them; not by what they seem to be, but by everything it means to be created in My image.

These words gave me some “food for thought” … we human beings have sunk so low into our own perception of things that we are judging the world and circumstances around us through the eyes our self, and therefore our emotions are victims of a filtered perception which ties our soul to the ground and doesn’t let us take off into our flight, to fully live and abide in the love for which we were created!

What we call our “mood” is but the emotional state of our soul, which is caged in anguish and pain by what we perceive as our “losses”, instead of taking off into our flights, to live free in the love for which we were created. Jesus allowed us to clip his wings, not because he was not able to fly, but so that He could share with us our own human reality and open the way towards the freedom of love that is awaiting us!

Unfortunately our soul, the awareness of ourselves and our identity, has fallen victim of our distorted perception of things, which often we see as coming against us, and therefore  causes us pain and anguish! Jesus therefore came down to us, in our own human reality, to share with us our walk of life and lead us to His perception of things, in light of the eternal purpose that He has in store or us.

We have been created to be loved, and it is in love that we find healing for our soul! God is the source of love that our soul is longing for, and it is from that source that we can draw that “joy unspeakable and full of glory” (1 Peter 1:8) that has been reserved to those who love Him! Having “satisfied our hungry soul with goodness” (Psalms 107:9), we can find our fulfillment in a cup that runs over (Psalms 23:5) and overflows on those around us! This is what it means to “be open at both ends”!

Give, and it shall be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, shall be given into your bosom. For with the same measure that you mete with, it shall be measured to you again. (Luca 6:38)

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