Orphaned Oliver Twist lamented this question in Charles Dickens novel of the same name. But I’m sure he was not the first to ponder love. I believe God Himself spoke it out when His beloved couple willfully wandered down the dastardly path of sin. I believe everyone has posed this question at one time or another. Love so often seems so elusive. Everyone yearns for love. To love and be loved is our heart’s desire, so why is it so difficult to find and keep?
I believe that God has been declaring love since He began contemplating creation. The Bible says, “All of the creation shows forth the glory of God” (Ps. 19:1). Part of His glory is found in His love for us. Scripture tells us, “I can love because He first loved me”, (1 John 4:19). Love is the foundation of our being. He “knew us before He formed us in our mother’s womb” (Jer. 1:5). In our busy, hectic lives I think we “look for love in all the wrong places” like Johnny Lee crooned about back in the 80’s. We become stuck in wrong patterns until we look to God, Our Father, Abba Daddy and find there a reflection of His love in us. As we understand who we are, who we are created to be and ask the Creator to come into our hearts, He births in us, a love we never before experienced. We find ourselves cherishing that kind of love in increasing levels. This becomes the catalyst for us to live the zone (God-kind) of life, which includes valuing people over things and investing in them with our time, energy and resources. This yields dividends that banks can’t match.
This month, purpose to read 1 Cor. 13, “the Love chapter”, and become a doer of the Word. Be a blessing to your loved ones, but also make a decision to enlarge your circle, and find someone to show love to a needy person, a lonely person, a sick person – There are opportunities all around! When you open your eyes, you’ll find the answer to the question “Where is Love?”
It’s all around us! Be blessed this month, and be a blessing!
Love to All!
P.S. I want to leave you with this:
He drew a circle that shut me out-
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But Love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in!
By Edwin Markham