Today's Reading: Psalm 89, 96, 100, 101, 105, 132
God's two main attributes--unfailing love and faithfulness--stamp the desire of every human heart. We long for both.
The sadness comes when we cannot find it anywhere in this world. Even the best of friends and lovers will ignore, cut and fail us at one time or another. And we return the "compliment."
In the midst of the frantic dance, we forget not only birthdays, we forget tender places on the heart of others. We do not always act in the best interest of others, especially when our interests are at stake. We do not always speak truth, and sometimes, when we do, we do not blend in the necessary spoon of sugar, love, that helps the medicine go down.
Because of our great desire and need for love and faithfulness, we search, often in all the wrong dance halls, and settle for substitutes which fail us miserably. We settle for placebos, hoping we're taking the real thing, only to find out we voluntarily entered a test unable to heal our broken hearts.
God's faithfulness in the psalms are highlighted by the rhythm of the turning of the seasons, the rising of the sun and the constancy of rain. God's love is the music of mountains and angel hosts alike.
From a distance, we are recipients of this unfailing love and faithfulness, but we are not satisfied until God comes up close and personal. Many are too afraid or too busy to have this kind of relationship with God. It does not come easily, nor is it cheap.
When the wisest of all was asked "how do I receive the inheritance of this kind of life everlasting and unfailing?" Jesus replied, "Sell all you have, focus on only God, clean your soul's house, be dedicated to prayer and fasting."
"It is too much; the dance steps are too complex," said his honest follower, "no one can attain this."
"You are right," said the Great Lover of All. "With your own power, this is impossible, but with God's power, all things are possible."
So, instead of the frantic searching in the midst of the world, we are called to sit and wait, like a wall flower.
Until Unfailing Love and Friend holds out the divine hand and asks us onto the dance floor.