Let Love Lead

Several years ago, my daughter Hope came stomping through the living room visibly upset. Her mom asked, “Hope, what’s wrong?” Hope stopped, turned and yelled, “Dad’s being a jerk!” (I probably was.) When I heard her say this, I followed her to her room and had a one sided discussion that went something like this; “You have a right to feel whatever you feel about the things I decide. You have a right to express your feelings and to argue your point. You have my permission to say ANYTHING you need to say to express your feelings. But you DO NOT have the right to be rude or disrespectful while doing it. Are we clear?”

While Hope clearly has a flawed father to deal and reason with, I’m wondering what is the right way to approach our Father, God? Oh I don’t mean when life is wonderful and we are feeling all the love our tiny souls can muster for Him, I’m talking about the other days. The days when the bills out pace the pay, the days when the car, washing machine and the vacuum all stop working, and then the dog throws up on the floor. I’m talking about when we pray and ask Him for simple things like, “Let me pass my test, or get the job, or find my keys or make the cut” and none of those simple things goes in our favor. I’m talking about when we ask the big ones too, “Save my marriage, heal my child, let the scan be clean, let the test results come back negative” and the silence from the one who loves us most is thunderous. What is the right way to approach God in those moments?

Rich Mullins, wrote a song shortly before his death called, Hard to Get, in the song he pours out his frustration with God.

“Do you remember when You lived down here

Where we all scrape to find the faith to ask for daily bread

Did you forget about us after You had flown away

Well I memorized every word You said

Still I’m so scared, I’m holding my breath

While You’re up there just playing hard to get”

I can’t prove it, but I think He allows us to be as bold in approaching Him as our love extends toward Him. Jesus Christ made it possible for us to go directly to God. To go “behind the curtain” to step into the throne room and say exactly how we feel, to pour out our hearts and yes, even be angry at Him. He does not live in time and sees our lives in the context of eternity rather than the snap shot of our years.

I guess what I’m saying is that I think He can handle our attempts at saying how we feel, even when it is raw and pain driven. They key, it seems to me, is to let love lead—we can have angry and pain-filled words, but when those words need to be expressed, have your Love for God hold the leash and lead the way so the Pit bull of your pain is restrained and led by love.

telemicus out

1 Responses to Let Love Lead

  1. Ben Browning says:

    Hey Mike-
    Check out the song “Let Love Rule” by Lenny Kravitz. I think you’ll like it. -BB

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