Thursday, April 21, 2011

God's Love and Drugs: A Strange Analogy

Has anyone told you how much you mean to them recently? With all sincerity? Man, nothing feels better. This happened to me the other day, it was random too; I almost cried. It feels so good to be appreciated and loved.  I mean, humans are about love and relationships. And although this applies to romantic love, this is for anyone.

What about being hugged? Not a "hey-how-ya-doing-I-haven't-seen-you-since-yesterday" hug but a real one that shows that someone cares about you. Sometimes those make my day in ways people can't imagine. I love being hugged!

What about a promise? Has anyone made a promise to you? A special one?

If you want to show me that you care about me, there are a lot of ways to do it. I'm pretty easy to please, but nothing can compare to the love I receive from Jesus Christ, my Daddy and Savior.

Yesterday, someone said some very kind words to me. Ones that almost brought tears to my eyes. That person doesn't know what it did for me. But, when I read a scripture from the Bible, God opened my eyes (again) to how that love, tenderness, happiness and care from other people PALES in comparison to His. Yes, without the love I get from my relationships, I don't know how I would survive, but I KNOW I could NOT survive with out the Love of Jesus pulsing through my life.

My friend almost made me cry, this verse - this awesome promise from God - literally broke me down. Listen!
Psalm 30:4-7a "Sing praise to the LORD, you saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Now in my prosperity I said, “I shall never be moved.” LORD, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong;
Praise the Lord! I love the "weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning". WHAT FALLEN HUMAN BEING CAN MAKE THAT PROMISE? Who can promise to always calm our fears? To always bring joy, bless, and healing for broken hearts? Who? None. Just my Jesus.

No matter who leaves hand prints on my life, who shares love with me, who impacts me and promises good things to me, my Jesus will always out-do them. Well, He doesn't have to, He already has. All He does is remind me who He is when I'm silly enough to forget for a moment. Earthly love brings me so much joy, but the Heavenly, unbeatable love is what we should be looking and searching for. That's the stuff that gives life true meaning and purpose!

When I was in the ER about a week ago, I had a little I.V. I noticed that everything the nurse put in there affected my body in some way. The morphine eased the pain and made me feel weird and I tasted the saline solution he pushed in. Strange, huh? He told me I would, and as soon as he said it, I thought, "What the heck is that taste?" It was SO GROSS! Contact solution? Yeah, thats what it tasted like.

But I thought it was neat that it all had an affect on me. That's the way God's love is (except the affects aren't disgusting). God shoots His love into our hearts and it should pump out and affect every portion of our lives! God's love needs to be constantly rushing through our veins, giving us life and strengthening us! Is it possible that we can live on the Love of God so much that we can taste it? *laugh*

I'll end with this verse. The end of the previous Psalm:
"You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, to the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever."
I want to declare God's name and glory. It is a blessing, a gift and a shame - if kept to myself.


joyfaith said...

I have had a hug like that, and yes I love being hugged too. <3 shiph

Ashley said...


Love you!

joyfaith said...

I love you too!<3 SJ

Daniel G said...

ohh why were you in the hospital? And God is so amazing, Great post

Ashley said...

About two weeks ago I had to go the ER because I was in bad pain and we didn't know why. Told us I have a forming ulcer and it exposed nerves or something...

Daniel G said...

oh well im glad your better, dont get sick i need you at bible study ;)

Ashley said...

Need me? I don't know about that!!...But, Lord willing, I do plan on staying well. We are working on keeping the problems manageable (I just have to remember to take my meds, which can be difficult when you have a two second memory! Lol).

Daniel G said...

yah i need ya, i think you are going to be one of the most faithfull atenders, pluss you have a great perspective.

Ashley said...

Aw! Thanks! I definitely want to be there as much as possible!