The Wonders of Your Love Reflection - Stephanie Engelman
Boldly and joyfully singing along to Ben Walther’s “Wonders of Your Love” fills me joy and gratitude. Truly, God’s love is wondrous, and I believe it is most wondrous—and most fruitful—when we allow ourselves to “breathe within” ourselves, accepting God’s love as our own – a very real and personal love, for each and every one of God’s precious children.
As St. Augustine tells us, “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.” This means that every word of scripture which speaks to us about God’s love is addressed to us as a personal love letter, written directly to the recipient - me, or you.
The father loves you. Yes, YOU! He loves you so much that he knows and pays attention to every little detail about you. He knows the number of hairs on your head (cf Luke 12:7)! He knows when you sit, and when you rise, and he knows what you’re going to say before you even think to say it (cf Psa 139:1-6) because he adores you so much that every minutiae of your existence is of the greatest importance to him.
In Isaiah 49:15-16, our loving Father tells us,
“Can a mother forget her infant,
be without tenderness for the child of her womb?
Even should she forget,
I will never forget you.
See, upon the palms of my hands I have engraved you.”
You are so valuable, so precious to him that he has carved you into his very palms so as never to forget you even for a moment.
Look around you and you will see the proof. The beautiful greens of the grass, and the leaves of the trees? God didn’t make those for his own pleasure, or for that of the birds. He made them for you! The lovely sound of the bubbling brook, or the rain on the roof? Our Father didn’t create those melodies for the angels, or for the fish. He made them for you!
“Creation is revealed… as the first and universal witness to God’s all-powerful love.” (CCC, n. 288) Moreover, the particular part of creation that you can see, hear, smell, taste and feel, was made for you, as a witness to His love. God created it with all of mankind in mind, meaning billions upon billions of people across the ages. But were there to be only a million to enjoy it, wouldn’t he have still created it? Or a thousand? One hundred? Indeed, just as the Almighty was willing to spare Sodom if he could find but ten righteous people within it (Gen 18:16-33), I believe he would have created the earth in all its beauty, even if there were only going to be ten people to enjoy it. And he would have been especially pleased, if one of those ten was you.
Notably, God made this creation for you, personally, to behold and enjoy, but he did not create that pleasure as a means in and of itself. Rather, he made it to help you to know him. To behold the beauty of creation is to behold to some infinitely tiny degree the very beauty—and love—of God.
This beauty culminates in the heart breaking beauty of the cross. As Christ told his disciples, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13) Christ died once, for all. But if the only person who’s salvation was to be gained through his death was yours, would he still have allowed himself to be hung upon that cross?
Yes, he would.
And that is the greatest wonder of God’s love.
May I suggest delving deeper into the wonders of God’s awesome love for you by meditating on the love described in any of the scripture verses mentioned above, or these beautiful verses:
Allow God’s word to soak into your heart, permeating your being, knowing that these verses are God’s love letter, written for you.
All rights reserved, Allison Gingras & Stephanie Engelman 2016
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