I have been reading Brennan Manning’s book The Furious Longing of God. Well, I just started it this weekend. Anyways, so far, so good. I found that this passage struck a chord today:
“If you took the love of all the best mother and fathers who have lived in the course of human history, all their goodness, kindness, patience, fidelity, wisdom, tenderness, strength, and love and united all those qualities in a single person, that person’s love would only be a faint shadow of the furious love and mercy in the heart of God the Father addressed to you and me at this moment.”
I always hear that you never know the love of a parent until you become one. Considering that is QUITE a ways down the road for me, this illustration sure helps me to understand. I do have to say that I am blessed with
possibly the most incredible parents in the world (no offense, anyone ; ). To imagine that their love doesn’t even add up to a faint shadow of God’s love? WOW. Hard to grip my head around that idea.
I don’t know why I was running in the first place. Was it because He asked me to do something that was uncomfortable? Was it because I got bored? Maybe it was because I got tired? Whatever it was, I’m glad that looming cloud of darkness has passed, and I’m beginning to see the Light again. His love is so good.