I apologize for the absence of blogging, things have been quite chaotic as of late. That’s another post coming later this week. I’m currently vacationing in South Carolina, enjoying the beach and some great time of fellowship.
I was standing on the balcony of our condo on Sunday afternoon people watching. I think I could claim this as a hobby. I love sitting and watching people, and the world, go by. A couple caught my eye, and over the last few days, I’ve taken to watching them when I’m on the beach or by the pool. They are probably in their late forties to early fifties. She is wheelchair bound, but can walk with some assistance from her husband. Yesterday I watched as he walked her into the ocean and they just stood in the knee-deep water.
It struck me at that moment…that’s love in action. That. Is. Love. He walked her, very slowly, back to the lifeguard supplied beach wheelchair and wheeled her back to their umbrella where they sat and read. Love is slow. Taking small steps to wade into and lean upon one another. It’s sharing together in the hard times and the quiet times. Understanding what each one is, yet still discovering pieces of the other throughout your journey in love.
Later yesterday I saw them coming in from the beach, I watched as he carried all of their belongings as she began to work on climbing five steps up to the pool platform. That is those times where we carry one another’s burden, whatever baggage or issue that another has, or that develops in the journey. As they attempt to climb that mountain, you take on the load too. You free them to tackle whatever it is they need to deal with, as their partner in the process, but freeing them as well.
So often our view of love is this young, rampant, passionate love that enraptures and too commonly enslaves us. We look at idolized images of love, like Twilight or Titanic, or whatever other version of a “love story” you choose. This love, the love God commands from us and for us, is a love that develops and grows over time. It matures and renews on itself again and again. It’s an everlasting love that endures and strengthens the one who loves, not draining them. That’s love worth finding, having, and keeping…I believe and have faith in that Love. A Love based in God first, and reflected in others.
Matthew 22:37-39: Jesus said to him, “You shall love the LORD your God with all of your heart, with all of your soul, and with all of your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’