I love God and I love the way He loves me. Sometimes He loves me big—you know those over-the-top, mind-blowing, part-the-Red Sea kinds of ways. But I’m especially fond of the ways He loves me small. Not that His love is small, but the way He often shows His love is so private and personal and I’m reminded again that in a world spinning 1000 miles per hour and growing by 140 people every minute, He sees me.
It’s the whisper only my heart can hear.
His still, small love blindsides me every time. I almost feel dizzy as the world around me fades away. I want to stop the clock, catch my breath, and hold onto the moment. My words and stories here help me do that. I hope they point you to His heart for you, too
We grew up just a few miles apart in the same small town but I never got to see him play football. Under Friday night lights, he suited up as a defensive end for the Choctaws while I cheered for the Chargers across the river. Even though we saw each other from time to time, we didn’t start dating until after we graduated high school.
For 33 years we’ve enjoyed talking football (yes I understand the game) and watching football together. Today after church we enjoyed some football talk. I asked him about the positions he played back in the day and the various defensive plays used in football. I’m sure it seemed like a random question.
But God had whispered to my heart and I was leaning in close to listen and learn.
The Whisper Only Your Heart Can Hear
During church, we sang, “Lord, I Need You” (Chris Tomlin). It’s still one of my all-time favorites. But this line, “You are my one defense” grabbed my attention like never before.
I sang the words out loud.
Holy Spirit convicted.
I was blindsided by the awareness that the Lord is often not “my one defense”.
When I see a problem, “the opponent”, I run through all the potential “plays” in my mind. I over think, wring my hands, beat my chest, growl, and grunt. I am determined to halt or at least hinder Problem’s progress.
Like a skilled player confident in my ability to keep my opponent from getting the upper hand or scoring points, I take my position, execute my defensive play, and shift my position or stance when necessary.
And time after time, I’m beat. My Opponent out maneuvers me.
My plays are no match for what lines up against me, seeking to devour me.
My One Defense
Today, my friend Jesus reminded me that He is my one defense.
Yet I live and move as if I am my one defense. As if winning at life is all up to me.
In football, no winning team has just one defensive play.
But in life, One is all you and I need.
Jesus is our One Defense. He’s with us, enabling us to play the position, live the life, He’s created us to live.
Together we’re a winning team.
Friend, he sees you, too. He’s loving you in big ways and small. No doubt you’ve got a million things on your checklist today and you’re determined to most of them done. I know the feeling well. But will you let these words be your little reminder that Jesus is Your One Defense? He’s all you need.
- Look for His love–In His Word, He says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love, I have drawn you with unfailing kindness” (Jeremiah 31:3). In a world where nothing lasts forever and everything has a “best used by” date, you can rest assured that your Father loves you. Always has. Always will. And more importantly, He wants you to know Him and His love. Ask Him to help you see His love in your life today.
- Let Him love you–You are not unloveable to Him. I know it’s easy sometimes to feel unloved and unlovable but that’s a lie from the Enemy. “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). He created you and made a way for you to be redeemed and reconciled to Him. He knew what He was getting when He chose you! Let Him love you. Being loved, knowing YOU ARE LOVED, is a game changer!
And just in case you need to hear it for yourself: