Last night my husband, Dave, was praying for our family before we all headed off to bed. He said something that I've not heard him say in a prayer before...something about thanking God for "invading our hearts" with His love. That phrase struck me for several reasons, but what came to my mind first were our dear friends and their penchant for invading people's homes! Our Kentucky friends are not thieves by any means; not THAT kind of invading. Actually, they do this thing that they call "invasions". An invasion is when a family shows up unannounced on your doorstep, often with food in hand, and they come on in and visit with you right then and there. I had never personally done such a thing and I was in awe of their bold kindness. Needless to say, my friend, Julie, and her family not only often invaded our home, but ultimately our hearts as well.
So, as Dave was praying that phrase, I was imagining God showing up unannounced at my heart's doorstep, lavishing me with His love whether I wanted it or not. And, I would say that's about right.
You may have heard of conversion stories like C. S. Lewis' where he stated that he was the most dejected and reluctant convert in all of England. In his book, Surprised by Joy, it was described that he was brought into the faith kicking and struggling and resentful, with eyes darting in every direction looking for an escape. My story isn't the same as Mr. Lewis', yet I can relate, as you may be able to as well, to the "kicking and struggling" against God. Even after God made my heart alive in Him, I have tried to fight against Him and insist upon my own ways.
And, yet we have a glorious Savior who "invades our hearts with His love".
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called the children of God!
1 John 3: 1
We love Him because He first loved us. 1 John 4: 19
Because God stooped down and had great mercy upon His children, because He sent His Son to take our sins upon Himself, because Christ lived perfectly so He could make us perfectly acceptable before God, because He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love...because God invaded our hearts and we became willing recipients of this great love...may we now:
......be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.
Colossians 1: 9-12