Oh love that will not let me go …..
If I were to trek to the North Pole and look almost strait up I could see Polaris (the North Star) It would stay almost stationary throughout the 24 hour day as I would look up continuously. If I would take a time elapse photograph it would look like streaks of light circulating the North Star. That, to me is a picture of one of the characteristics of God’s love. It is unchanging.
- God’s love does not waver with circumstances or with time
- God’s love does not change when we fail to do what is right
- When we stumble
- When we do wrong
- When we make a bad decision
- God’s love does not change with our life circumstances
- When we move from the sunshine into a cloudy time in our lives
- When nothing seems to be going right
- When we wonder what we did to deserve what we are experiencing
- When we don’t feel His love so much
George Matheson understood this truth. He was only fifteen when he was told that he was losing what little eyesight he had. Not to be denied, Matheson immediately continued with his plans to enroll in the University of Glasgow, and his determination lead to his graduation at age nineteen. But as he pursued graduate studies in theology for Christian ministry he did become blind. His sisters joined ranks beside him, learning Greek and Hebrew to assist him in his studies. He pressed faithfully on.
But his spirit collapsed when his fiancée, unwilling to be married to a blind man, broke their engagement. He never married, and the pain of that rejection never totally left him. Years later, as a well-loved preacher in Scotland, his sister came to him announcing her engagement. He rejoiced with her, but his mind went back to his own heartache. He consoled himself in thinking of God’s love which is never limited, never conditional, never withdrawn, and never uncertain. Out of this experience he wrote the hymn, O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go.
O love that will not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.
Can we allow God’s love extended to us to overflow from our experience to those around us? That same unchanging love!