I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with loving-kindness.
We get this idea in our heads... somewhere along the way... that God is powerfully snobby. Cold. Vengeful, even. That He keeps scores and settles them. That He's a watch dog, ever-vigilant and ready to attack. That He's a cranky old man, finding fault and calling us out. That He's a distant father, stingy with love, affection, forgiveness.
We couldn't be more wrong.
See this beautiful field? These wildflowers? He made them for you. For you to enjoy. For you to notice. For your mind to think, Who could make such a thing?
Spring? He wanted you to see it. He wanted you to wonder. He wanted you to marvel, to ponder, then to set out with a burning question in your heart: how did this beauty come about? Who is the artist?
He wanted you to pass a field - much like this one I pass by so often- and see proof of a Creator. To see, with your own eyes, His wildly beautiful heart. And He wanted you to know that He's the ultimate artist with the ultimate inspiration:
Love for you. If ever love moved someone to create, it was God. This beautiful-hearted handcrafter started before you were born, creating. Drawing. Drawing you. Drawing you with loving-kindness.
Drawing you with wildflowers in a field. Forget candy from a guy... dinner from a dad. This One created all the flowers in all the world with you in mind.
You are a muse to the world's most famous artist and didn't even know it.
That's because You, my dear, are loved with an everlasting love.
You are being drawn with ever loving-kindness.
God as a crooked judge? A mean old man? A distant father? We've had it all wrong. Follow His hand. Study His art. Seek out His heart. At the end of it all you'll find a patient, beautiful God and His immediate, everlasting love waiting for you.
In case you didn't pass by your field today, I wanted you to know.