Love to faults is always blind,
Always is to joy inclin’d,
Lawless, wing’d & unconfin’d,
And breaks all chains from every mind.
Deceit to secrecy confin’d,
Lawful, cautious & refin’d,
To every thing but interest blind,
And forges fetters for the mind.
I have always loved the sentiment of these phrases from Blake, the powerful contrast of love, joy and freedom with deceit, self interest and captivity. I do however wish the first line were different. Perhaps we are blind to faults, but love really isn’t.
We sometimes shorten this to ‘Love is blind’ meaning it doesn’t matter what someone looks like as long as you love them. At first glance this may appear to be a great characteristic. However I believe above all things love ‘sees’ what others don’t.
…saying to the prisoners, “Come out,”to those who are in darkness, “Appear.”Isaiah 49:9
I absolutely love this message ‘Appear, be seen, come out,’ this message of the power of the love of God in a human life. It reminds me of God calling “Adam, where are you?”
God in His love calls out to us ‘Do not hide, I love you and have done everything necessary to clothe you and make you lovely’
It is this love of God that makes us lovable. (see Ephesians 5:25-27 to discover how Jesus’ love makes us whole)
God, in loving us sees us, really knows us yet loves us still. A reminder that we are in fact the work of God’s hands, crafted not to be hidden or filled with shame but as a display of God’s greatness.
The Husband and Father (Me)
The Poet disturbs me into knowing that love ‘sees’.
The Prophet reminds me that in really ‘seeing us’, God also restores us
Personally I am not known for my public displays of affection but I am happy to know that I am loved. I am married to a wonderful and beautiful woman who knows me, sees my faults but chooses to draw out my gifts and strengths. Who encourages me to remain in the light sharing and not hiding. (Thank you Heather, I love you very much)
I have two amazing sons who have taught me that really knowing someone only leads to greater love. My heart is filled with the desire to love and inspire them to be great men who see clearly, are obsessively kind and love outrageously.
Takeaways for Valentines Day
1. Are we guilty of failing to really ‘see’ the people whom we claim to love?
Do something about that TODAY!
2. Spend some time with this hymn excerpt to help you not define or explain Gods love, but simply to receive and respond.
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy like the wideness of the sea
there’s a kindness in his justice, which is more than liberty.
For the love of God is broader than the measure of man’s mind;
and the heart of the Eternal is most wonderfully kind.