We understand from Scripture that God is love—not that God merely is loving, but that who God is defines love, rather than love defining God. But, being limited in our perspective, we still seek to comprehend the nature of God through our understanding of love.
In 1 Corinthians 13:7 we read this of love: “It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” And in James 1:17 it says that “every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father.” And John tells us (1:18) that “no one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.”
So, how do I put this altogether to create a meaningful thought-picture of how I may expect God to relate to me? I wonder what it would be like if Jesus came today to Wilmore? You know, I am confident that he would have time for me. He would listen and he would care. And then he would talk to the Father on my behalf about the issues and problems that concern me. And he would say, “I’ve got it under control, Joyce. Now you just need to trust me and enjoy the beauty of this day I have given you. Let me carry your hurts, your fears, and your anxieties and I will do what you cannot. Walk with me and I will be your joy.”
So I come away with this thought: I can’t fix my external world and I don’t think God really wants me to be burdened with the impossible. Instead, he just wants me to enjoy this present moment with him. He’ll take care of the rest. So I am to relax, trust, and look for the good and perfect gifts he would give me today. Thank you, Jesus!