There's Love Enough for the Taking
Joel Eschenbach • May 21, 2017
Do we really believe that? Is there enough love out there somewhere to fill the voids of hate in our lives... in our world?
We debate these days about a lot of things. Politics, sexual orientation/identification, race, religion, and the list goes on. But people don't argue against love. No one thinks we need less of it in the world. Most of us would agree that we all could use and give more of it everyday.
I try hard to give love away, but I tend to run out.
That's the thing, our personal supply of love seems limited. I'm of course talking about the self-sacrificial, life-giving, other-preferring kind of love that is the source of all good things in the universe. It seems we can only give away so much of it before we begin to turn back to our self-protecting, self-serving, other-hating default.
If we can "run out" of love and we have a limited supply, it must mean that love comes from somewhere right? There's a source. One that we can (and do) tap into from time to time, no matter who we are. Some people seem to tap into it more than others. In fact, a few people seem like they never tap out.
If I could be filled with an unending source of love, then I could theoretically give an unlimited source.
If we take a moment to stop and look around us, to really take in the beautiful world we live in, it’s not long before we find love. Maybe love is a little bit like mining. It takes hard work to find, but when you do, it pays off.
Jesus told a lot of stories about love and finding meaning in this life. He said that he's the vine and we're the branches, he said he's the well that never runs dry. But, I especially love the parable of the treasure in the field...
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.”- Matthew 13:44
He sold everything... Why? Because if you have the treasure of love, you don't need anything else.
The crazy thing is that God is constantly trying to give it away. It's us who have decided that we don't want it that much.
God says: believe, accept, surrender, and do not be afraid <-- (the most common one-liner in the bible). Not in an 'if you don't your going to hell' or 'pray the right prayer and then you'll be in' kind of way, but in a 'it's there as a free gift for the taking' kind of way.
So why don't we take it?
Probably because it takes humility and the admission that the source is not us, which seems kind of obvious since we all came from somewhere else anyway.
Richard Rohr says:
"Grace is, quite literally, 'for the taking.' It is God eternally giving away God—for nothing—except the giving itself. I believe grace is the life energy that makes flowers bloom, animals lovingly raise their young, babies smile, and the planets remain in their orbits—for no good reason whatsoever—except love alone."
God is love and love is God. The two are one. So if you experience true love, you've seen God, and if you've experienced God, you've seen love.
One of my favorite choruses was written a while back by Andrew Peterson and it pretty much sums it all up:
"It covers us like rain
It washes and it stains
Poured out from heaven's cup
For you and me to drink it up
And in stubborn spite of my stubborn spite
I am loved nonetheless
I am loved all the more
And I believe...
There is love enough for the taking"