WEEK 4, DAY 26: LOVE
Scripture Reference: Luke 10:25-42
Can you imagine what it felt like to be one of the ninety-nine? Doing the right thing, not getting in trouble, munching away on a patch of prime grass, and you look up…
The shepherd is GONE! You bleat to your buddy… “he’s gone!” Nervous bleating starts spreading. “Where is our shepherd?” And about the time the cacophony of noise becomes completely chaotic, you see him. Walking toward you. With a lamb wrapped around his shoulders.
As the shepherd gets closer, thoughts wander through your little sheep-brain:
What if a wolf had come while he was gone?
He must not really love us, or he’d never have left.
Couldn’t he have waited for a better time, when a junior shepherd was around?
Grace always looks that way to the righteous…
…to Joseph’s older brothers.
…to the pharisees.
…to the prodigal’s older brother.
And if we’re honest, sometimes, to you and me. Maybe that’s why, in spite of the unorthodox use of the word “reckless” to describe the love of God, we should sing this song. Because as soon as the love of God seems perfectly safe, it’s no longer grace.
Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me.
You have been so, so good to me.
Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me.
You have been so, so kind to me.
O, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.
O, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found,
Leaves the ninety-nine.
I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it,
Still You give Yourself away.
O, the overwhelming never-ending, reckless love of God.
There’s no shadow You won’t light up,
Mountain You won’t climb up,
Coming after me.
There’s no wall You won’t kick down,
Lie You won’t tear down,
Coming after me.