Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Kiss

Relaxing in bed on a Sunday afternoon, half way between sleep and alertness... Too comfortable to even  open my eyes though I heard him come in and lie down beside me. His spontaneous kiss came as a surprise. Cool lips that met mine in a unexpected moment of affection. He promptly rolled over and went into his own slumber, the hours of his work week and the emptying of self this morning at the worship service finally catching up and culminating in the glorious Sunday afternoon nap.

I lay there awhile reflecting on that kiss. And the thought came:
    God likes it when we love Him like that.

Those unplanned moments of sheer affection.

Sure, He appreciates the methodical, daily devotions (I think, maybe not as much as we think He does?)
And the planned times of prayer.
But oh, how sweet are the times when out of a heart simply filled with love and joy, we attempt in our feeble human ways to show Him how much He means to us.

Sometimes I try too hard. Forgetting I was His Beloved long before I even knew His name, much less how to praise it's glory.
And He loves me still. As much as ever.
                       A love that runs like a powerful locomotive, a crazy furious storm over me.
                                    Again and again.

It's okay to enjoy this a bit. To take this truth in and hold it and be with it awhile and let it fill me.
To feel the joy of His love for me.
     It's like water to all the thirsty places inside me, longing to be filled again.
I find the most life-giving revelations I get are not the new ones,  it's the old ones that I've somehow managed to forget.

I'll never grow so old
That I won't need Your touch
I'll never be so strong
That it would ever be enough
I'll never be so sure
Or wise in my own eyes
That I won't humbly come and say,
"I will always need You here with me,
Every new day, each breath I breath.
There is never going to be
Anyone else for me.
Show me how to rest within Your arms
A peaceful place within the storm.
For every moment that I am with You
Feels like coming Home."

Beloved:  Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth— for your love is more delightful than wine. Song of Songs 1:2

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  1. This is a beautiful post!! Did you write the poem??

    1. Hi Judith! Yes, it's actually a song I wrote a few years back. Thanks for reading and the kind words.

  2. This is beautiful. I think you're right. God must be pleased with the showing of such love! I'm coming to you from Ann Voskamp's site. So glad I did!

    1. Thank you Mandy! I love Ann's writing, always leaves me in tears (in a good way, of course ;)

  3. "Forgetting I was His Beloved long before I even knew His name..."
    So love this! What a sweet post! Thanks so much for sharing! Blessings!

  4. This a beautiful, Angie! I think He likes those moments with us too! Thank you so much for linking up today. Oh, and I just updated the post and page with the code...for next time! :)

  5. What a sweet post. Very beautiful thoughts.

  6. I love the words from your song. This was a lovely post. Thank you.

  7. Just this morning I was thinking of how amazing it is that God loves ME. I was singing the song "Oh the wonder of it all - just to think that God loves me." The song you shared has great words also to remind us of His love.