Every Sunday morning, a bunch of different, mismatched folks come together to do some uncoordinated dancing. Sometimes the beat is off, they do not all clap in sync, someone might sing off key (and a little too loudly at that). Yet no one minds, and they all leave with a big smile on their face. It seems like everyone is blind (and perhaps a little deaf) – but they are not blind. They are in love.
They are in love with the One who loves them – Jesus.
The way of the lover defies all logic. It is a way that is beautiful in the eyes of God.
“Three things are too wonderful for me;
four I do not understand:
the way of an eagle in the sky,
the way of a serpent on a rock,
the way of a ship on the high seas,
and the way of a man with a virgin”
Proverbs 30:18-19 (ESV)
There was a lover in the Bible who defied all expectations and ill intentions of the people around him. He was a man in love. His love exceeded those boundaries.
“Then Saul said, “Thus shall you say to David, ‘The king desires no bride- price except a hundred foreskins of the Philistines, that he may be avenged of the king’s enemies. ’” Now Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines. And when his servants told David these words, it pleased David well to be the king’s son- in- law. Before the time had expired, David arose and went, along with his men, and killed two hundred of the Philistines. And David brought their foreskins, which were given in full number to the king, that he might become the king’s son- in- law. And Saul gave him his daughter Michal for a wife.” 1 Samuel 18:25:27 (ESV)
History will probably never know another man who would obtain a hundred foreskins, just to get a wife. But David was a man who made a habit of paying the full price.
“But King David said to Ornan, “No, but I will buy them for the full price. I will not take for the Lord what is yours, nor offer burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” 1 Chronicles 21:24 (ESV)
In fact David was so in love he participated in some uncoordinated dancing too.
“As the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, and she despised him in her heart” 2 Samuel 6:16 (ESV)
It takes a ridiculously brave man to stand in the way of lovers. Even if time and space separated them, they will still find a way to communicate. Sin separated us from God, but Jesus made a way for us to bridge that gulf. When Jesus came, He did not come to establish religion. He came to restore relationship.
Jesus was willing to pay full price. He was not a blind lover. Jesus paid the price knowing what it would cost Him. He was the original fanatic.
Lovers seem to have a supernatural power. In the presence of the one you love, everything seems possible. In the presence of God, Aaron’s rod– a plain ordinary stick, a dead piece of wood – it budded. In the presence of God, a plain ordinary person, a life that seems like a dead piece of wood, can have life breathed into it and blossom.
Allow Jesus to love you, to restore you and give you strength.
“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” James 4:8 (ESV)
If we can draw near to God, it means that we can draw away from Him too. When we decide to take the easy way out and give God the leftovers of our life, we decide not to pay full price. When we are ungrateful and feel we are entitled to certain blessings, we decide not to pay full price.
“Be careful not to forget the Lord, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt.” Deuteronomy 6:12 (NLT)
We decide not to pay full price, because we are thinking about the price instead of the Presence.
“For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.” Hebrews 12:3
Jesus did not come to give us a to-do list; He came to give us peace. So let us enter His gates with thanksgiving in our hearts, and let the uncoordinated dancing begin!