It’s Love Month here at Inspy Romance, and God’s been teaching me some challenging lessons about love! Both about what truly loving others means, and about His love. Especially, about going deeper into prayer and trust.
As some of you know, my husband has several health issues that make our life together a little more complicated. The heroine of my latest book, A Lesson in Love, included in the Love Blossoms boxed set, also has a life complicated by health issues.
A lovely reader who reviewed the story emailed me to say how much it made her think of a Bible verse I hadn’t included in the book, Proverbs 3:5-6.
The New International Version gives those verses as:
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
My word for the year is “Surrender” which is very close to “submit”, the way the NIV translates what God asks us to do. But submitting and surrendering isn’t always easy, whether to God, or to the needs of others in our relationships.
I thought it was a rebellion thing. The not-yet-perfected part of me that still wants to resist God and rebel against Him. The “Me me me” part. I pray so often asking God to heal my stubborn nature and bring me into obedience to Him!
But it’s looking like God’s biggest lesson for me now isn’t as much about submitting and surrendering, as it is about trusting that when I do that, He will support me. It’s about allowing Him to support me. And also about allowing Him to provide that support through others.
God doesn’t mean for us to walk this life alone. Not all of us marry. Not all of us who marry have our happy-ever-afters in the way we dreamed of them. But God intends a life of love for us all. A life of giving love to others, and a life of receiving love from others.
That’s such a big part of His plan and purpose for us all. Maybe the biggest part.
Sarah, in A Lesson in Love, can give love, but she can’t accept it. God’s lesson for her is about letting in the love that’s so near to her.
I think He has the same lesson for us all.
At the start of the week, Sally asked us to think about who we needed to show more love to. Heather asked us “Are You Unlovable?” Good true questions. Hooking into those, I want to ask a different question today.
Where in your life might God be wanting you to let more love in? What parts of yourself do you resist believing God could really love? And where might He be wanting to use those around you to show how deep and wide and real His love is?
I pray, for me and for you, that like my heroine Sarah we discover that when we listen to God, and trust Him enough to surrender to Him, He fills us with His love. We can see the love that was there waiting for us all along.
Love is all around us. Love is always all around us.