You are the God who includes. You are all-powerful and deserving of all praise and glory, yet you come to us with an invitation. Walk with Me, learn with Me, suffer with Me, die with Me, be raised up with Me, dance with Me, glory with Me. With. Me. There is the invitation. Come with Me. Follow Me. Dine with Me. Be joined to Me. The Father, Son, and Spirit are one complete divine Fellowship of Belonging, yet You don’t stop there. The mystery of connection has also been woven by You into the very fabric of humanity. We are created as infinite souls with the spark of Divine Romance in our hearts. We are made with Love, by Love, for Love.
In unspeakable humility You came to us. From limitless power to helpless infant. From Prince to pauper. You came for us. You pursued us. Why? What is Your desire? What longing is found in Your heart that compels You?
“Father, I desire those you gave me to be with me, right where I am, so they can see my glory, the splendor you gave me, having loved me long before there ever was a world. Righteous Father, the world has never truly known you, but I have known you, and these disciples know that you sent me on this mission. I have made your very heart known to them – who you are and what you do – and continue to make it known, so that your love for me might be in them and I in them.” John 17:24-26
His desire is for relationship. It is as simple as that. His longing is to be truly known just as he is, to be loved and desired in return, to do life together with us in the comfort of companionship, to have his good heart toward us be returned back to him in kind. Friendship. Intimacy. Union.
He gave us pictures of his desire everywhere we look. It is woven into the fabric of our being. It is the arms of our parents when we are born. It is the connection of our first real friendship. It is our first school crush. It is the momentary glimpse of completeness in a lover’s eyes. First dates. 101st dates. Long, silent walks holding hands. Meals together. Warm, intimate gatherings with friends. Shared laughter. Shared tears. Connection.
God is not Religion. He is a living Personality.
The answer to the question, “How can we know Him?”, is just this simple. Come to Him. Spend time with Him. Know the Father by seeing Jesus whom he sent. Do life with Him. Plan dates to be alone with Him. Provide for intimate moments, as we do in every relationship that is important to us. Share our deepest thoughts with Him, and listen to the Father’s heartbeat as he holds us close. We must stop trying to be good enough. We must believe in His good heart for us and lose ourselves in His ever-present, inexorable Love. We must understand that this longing from which we cannot escape is also His own. We are made for each other.
His desire is you.
“You will seek Me and find me when you search for me with your whole heart” Jer. 29:13
“I am my beloved’s, and his desire is for me.” SS 7:10