You may think me mad, but this post was inspired by none other than my bag of Trader Joe’s almonds. Yep. True story.
It may be that the flu I have has gone to my head or that for whatever reason my mind CRAVES analogies. Or both…
But as I stood in my kitchen nibbling on my favorite snack, my eyes landed on the wording of the bag label. I have read it before. I mean, I read all the labels of my food. Ya know?
This morning though, the words stood out: nonpareil (meaning no parallel or no equal in French). Dang, I knew these almonds tasted good for a reason.
But as my mind did wander about the phrase, it struck me:
God’s love is nonpareil!
God’s love has no equal and no parallel. The sweet, endearing love of a husband or wife cannot compare to God’s love. The tender, compassionate love shared with a child cannot compare. Even the bosomy, “finish each other’s sentences” kind of BFF love doesn’t compare. Not even close- not a itsy bitsy bit close to the love or amor of God.
God loves me- lil ol’ peedly me, lil ol’ selfish me. Me- the one that has cried and shouted in bitterness at Him a few times. Me- the one who has questioned what He has done and where life has taken me. Me- the one whose reciprocal love to Him is, at best, a lukewarm (albeit heartfelt) adoration.
His love in unlike any other because it:
Never fades, fails, changes, wanes, morphs. Never gives in proportion to my love. Never begrudges when I biff it big time (which is like, a lot).
Always gives, extends, cares, forgives. It is constant, seeks for reconciliation, reaches out towards the hard-hearted and rebellious. It is the kind of love that knows me better than I know or understand myself. It surpasses human love in its all-encompassing affection and intimacy. God’s love can be fully relied upon and trusted.
As I stood reflecting on the astonishing, unequaled love of God, these words came to me from the hymn, “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” by Charles Wesley:
Love divine, all loves excelling,
joy of heaven, to earth come down;
fix in us thy humble dwelling;
all thy faithful mercies crown!
Jesus thou art all compassion,
pure, unbounded love thou art;
visit us with thy salvation;
enter every trembling heart.
So, my dear reader friends, my hope is that you KNOW this love because it is the very best love you could ever have. Also, always be on the look out in life for lessons from strange places- like a bag of almonds. 🙂