After we were married, my husband and I lived in Ft Lauderdale for several years. There is this beautiful stretch of beach that is encased with high rise condominiums. But as you looked up at row after row of balconies with ocean views, you realized that many condos are closed off by massive storm shutters. Flimsy coverings would never do in this neighborhood. After all, these shutters need to stand up to hurricane force winds. Hard to imagine anything strong enough to stand up to 100 mile per hour winds but that’s exactly what these shutters are designed to do.
To me, hurricanes are frightening but a David Crowder song calls God’s love a hurricane. When I think of hurricanes I don’t think of God’s love. I think of a crisis, a tragedy or a heartbreak that knock me off my feet. But David Crowder wants you to know that God’s love is so immense, so powerful, so all encompassing that it feels like a hurricane.
Is God’s love a hurricane in your life? The answer is “yes.” God’s love for every person on the planet is so strong it would make hurricane force winds seem tame. God wants to engulf you in His love so that every where you go you’re completely aware of God’s love for you. Petty things become irrelevant, impossible things appear possible and absorption in yourself is placed on the back burner as a 100 mile per hour gust of God’s love propels you to your next adventure.
Like any hurricane, that’s frightening. Living in the midst of God’s rushing love can be enough to make anybody put up some massive storm shutters. The question is what have you done to reduce God’s love for you from 100 mile per hour winds to a gentle breeze? Sheltering yourself from God’s love is not really that hard. All it takes is to spend your days focused on anything other than God’s love. One day you worry, the next you simmer in anger or jealousy. Then there are the days you focus on being unloved, unappreciated or undesirable. Each one of these puts another shutter on your heart to keep you from experiencing the enormity of how much God loves you. After all, you’d have to be a little nutty not to be afraid of a hurricane.
But 1 John 4:18 tells us that “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear…” What John is saying is that letting down the shutters and feeling the full force of God’s love is not as scary as it sounds. Why? Because when you focus on God’s perfect love for you, you know He’s got you covered. You know He loves you so much He gave you His Son’s life so you may live without fear of death -and maybe more importantly- so you may live without fear of life.
It’s human to have shutters. Everybody does. Maybe it’s time to shift your focus to God’s love until the shutter begins to lift. Then just lean back and enjoy the breeze.
Do you feel like God’s love is like a hurricane? Why or why not?