My hope and prayer for so many today, is that they will truly experience God’s love.
Yes, we may know that God loves us, or not. We may feel His love at various times. But, I have learned that feeling and experiencing are two very different concepts.
One thing that I believe about feeling, is that it is a fleeting moment. When we live our lives based on what we feel – or approach God this way – then, aren’t we chasing the feeling of one fleeting moment after the next?
But to experience God in our lives – well, this is what sustains us. Because we learn through experience, right? We learn to trust Him, learn to depend on Him. So, no matter where life leads us, or what happens – we have no doubts that God is there.
For me, feelings are fleeting, untrustworthy, temporal. But experience? Who can argue with that? No one can take away from you something you have experienced.
I had been told, Jesus loves you. As much as I wanted to believe – because I had felt it at times. I couldn’t. But after I experienced His love in a real way – I knew that Jesus, indeed, loved me.
Even now, as I am faced with loss, unanswered questions – it is His love for me, that I have experienced, that keeps me pushing forward.
I still cannot fathom why anyone would take their own lives… But, I have hope that for we, who are forced to survive, can not just feel, but also experience God’s love in a real way…