“4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” I Corinthians 13:3-5
Please see this video next: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTOzt-aqxbo
This video struck me as being something like a parable or illustration of God and humanity. It’s touching both in itself and in how it can show how God deals with us.
First, let’s characterize the players. There is one, vastly more powerful being who denies its strength and humbles itself to woo a decidedly less powerful, less capable being than itself.
Second, the individual it wants to win over is mentally incapable of understanding just what this big, perhaps scary individual is trying to do. Even if the intent is understood, the object of affection tries to push away – and even flee from – the being trying to love it. But the stronger individual is not deterred from its purpose.
Third, the stronger is infinitely patient, suffering repeated rejection in order to wear down and win over whom it loves. Time is neither an object nor obstacle. It is virtually the tool of choice, as the lover outlasts that which is loved.
Fourth, love conquers. In the end, the boy in the video embraces the dog. God conquered on the cross 2000 years ago. Alas, we do not all respond as the little boy does, finally recognizing just what a friend is before him.
What do you think of the dog in the video? Does she warm your heart? Does her unconditional love inspire you? Do you admire her persistence? Do you think she would be hurt if she never succeeded?
Well, take all of that and make it infinitely bigger to fit God. NOW what do you think of Him? What will you do about it? Say thank you? Tell other people about this great big, cuddly God who just wants a hug back?
Hopefully, your answer is a positive. To everything.