Defenseless Love

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and how long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses all knowlege – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Eph 3:17-19)

Researcher/storyteller Brene Brown observes that vulnerability is the birthplace of joy, creativity, belonging, love, and tenderness. And the key to connection is allowing ourselves to be seen as we are, believing we are worthy of love and belonging. Vulnerability is the willingness to say “I love you” first. The willingness to risk a venture or relationship with no guarantees.

This is the story of the Son of Man. God making himself vulnerable. God in a diaper. A small child, entirely dependent on his parents for food, clothing, and a place to lay his little head. The One Who Holds the World, cradled in the tender arms of his mother. A life marked by dependence as even to His last breath He would cry out, “Daddy, help me!”. Opening Himself up to my scorn and apathy, risking Himself by making the first move in saying, “I love you, Eric.”. With no guarantees, Jesus allowed himself to be seen, revealing the immeasurable depths of Abba’s fierce longing for me.

The breathtaking vulnerability of Jesus is a wholehearted, passionate love in which nothing is held back.

In Him, I have everything. In Him, joy is born to me. In Him, my uniqueness is celebrated in unselfconscious creativity. In Him, I recognize my worth. In Him, safety is found to become vulnerable myself in the belief that I am worthy of love and belonging. In Him rest is found as I abide in the fierce tenderness of Jesus. There is no more trying, it has already been done for me. There is no more hoping, my hope has been found. There is no more shame, He became shame for me. I am enough.

The God who goes before me has gone before me in vulnerability so that I may be vulnerable. He has been courageous so that I might find courage. He has loved first that I might truly love.

To know the untamable, wholehearted, vulnerable love of God is to be lost in the adventure of divine romance, without fear, trusting Abba’s tender desire for my good.

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