WHEN LOVE INVADED
The LORD your GOD is in your midst - a warrior bringing victory.
He will create calm with His love; He will rejoice over you with singing.
I have not always known the love of GOD. I did not grow up in a family of faith, even though my early years were spent attending Sunday school at the local church.
Interestingly, those years in Sunday school never really taught me much about GOD’S love.
Their position was that we were to be good people. In the end, when all things were considered, if the good outweighed the bad, then heaven was the reward.
While I had come to be familiar with stories of the Bible, conforming to them or the idea of serving this GOD was never really an option for me. Truth be told, I thought I was too smart, too independent, too capable to need to believe in some immortal crutch.
Then February 28, 1994 happened. This is the day that changed my life forever. This is the day my father died. Perhaps in all of my nearly 18 years of life I had never loved another human being more than I loved my Dad. My world went dark the day he left it and part of me died right along with him.
The loss of my father birthed an anger within me. This anger was not directed towards my father for dying or any other person around me. My anger burned for this GOD whom others believed was loving.
I was utterly convinced that if GOD was loving, HE certainly did not love me. How could a loving GOD, an all-knowing, all-powerful, ever present GOD allow such a horrible thing happen to me if HE was truly loving?
The anger I felt towards GOD continued to grow. I cursed HIM. I hated HIM.
Then one day as I shook my fist toward heaven, loved invaded.
To describe exactly what happened to me is difficult even after all these years. But as I stood there in my room, Jesus appeared before me. Was it a vision? Was HE physically present? I am not sure, but HE was there.
As I stood before HIM, HE told me how much HE loved me. HE spoke specifically to the pain in my life and invited me to surrender my life to HIM.
Words will never be able to describe the splendor of that Divine encounter. HE was glorious, majestic and terrifying - not in a run away and hide manner; it was more like a fall to ground, speechless kind of fright. I had never been in the presence of One more magnificent than HE.
Right there in that moment as HE declared HIS love for me, I was made whole. This love that HE offered me was unlike anything I had ever experienced before. It was transforming! It took the pieces of my broken heart and mended them back together.
In the days and weeks that followed, everything about me began to change. I was born again, not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.
The Creator of the Universe loved me and made me a new creation, giving me the right to be called a daughter of the most High.
The day love invaded my life, was the day I surrendered all that I am or will ever be into the loving hands of my Saviour, Jesus.
We may never meet this side of heaven, but I do know that the love of GOD that invaded my life, overwhelmed me and transformed me; is the same love HE is offering you today. Jesus loves you, this I know for the Bible tells me so. So whether you are a child of the Most High, or on a journey to discover this glorious GOD; my prayer for you is that you will pause right now and tune your ear to hear Jesus singing HIS love for you.
Rev. Crystal Moore is the Lead Pastor of Lakefield Community Church in Lakefield Ontario. She and her husband Darryl have been gifted with 4 amazing daughters. Crystal’s heart is to help people take their next steps with the LORD and experience HIS amazing love. You can check out Crystal's blog HERE!