diving into love

This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. John 15:12 Msg

this is the type of love that i am pondering today. the love that you dive into, knowing full well that it may not have longevity or permanence. the love that you risk by giving yourself for a brief moment in time knowing full well that this moment may be just that… a moment. the love that pushes you to open wide the gates of your heart in hopes that it may provoke another to open wide the gates of their heart. and with that risk, perhaps for that season, you may know love. you may feel what it’s like to connect with a soul. you never know. you never know where the dive will take you.

diving off of a ledge into a pool may seem risky, but there are too few options and possible consequences. you are bound by the concrete borders and it’s sink or do laps. perhaps a game or two, a little bobbing, and then a siesta on a brightly colored inner tube. you can bring a drink with you, you can have your toys, you can have your music and still keep your towel near by. but when you dive into an ocean there is a wild abandonment, a risk, a rush, a fear, a sense of wonder… you may never have to come back to shore.

what is the greater relief? that the shore is never out of site or that the concrete walls are non existent. the ocean is a road without lanes, a forest without trees, a sky without gravity. the ocean is unpredictable. the ocean is dangerous. the ocean is wild. but the ocean is still under God’s domain and our God-gifted dominion. He blesses the discovery of love through abandonment. He identifies with this kind of love. He knows not of the love that fears. He hasn’t felt the love that hesitates and retreats. perhaps, because that isn’t really love.

to love is to risk not being loved in return. to hope is to risk pain. to try is to risk failure, but risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.

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  • Comments (3)
    • Tassie
    • August 16th, 2010

    Deep!!! Really Deep!!!

  1. I really like this post, although I don’t really want to think too deeply about it (because that’s risky…ha!) In my life, I have “dove into love” in certain aspects, but completely ran away from it in others. I suppose the best example is the fact that I am a single 30-year-old who has two foster kids…you can fill in the blanks on where I have “issues”…ha ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thanks for this. I’m not quite ready to dive into a different ocean, but will definitely keep this in mind ๐Ÿ™‚

    Take care.

    • nmaestas
    • August 17th, 2010

    On my right wrist, I have tattooed Eph 5:2. Did I put it there to remind myself that I need to love people all of the time, maybe. But I also put it there because I know that it’s ridiculously important for us to Love one another. To Love Him. To Love ourselves. Love is His greatest commandment. I think you hit the nail on the head. Even if its only for the briefest of moments, Love & Love effing hard! The rewards will be bountiful!

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