This morning at 10:13 AM my laundry room flooded.
I heard water rushing sounds coming from the basement and I just knew.
I opened the door and walked down the stairs and found myself standing in about an inch of water.
I freaked out.
A huge wave of anxiety and worry just washed over me. I was panicking. I was worried about all the water and all the damage that would be left behind. I was worried about what the landlord would say. I was worried about how to clean it all up effectively. I was worried because Delight girls were coming to meet at my house within the next ten minutes.
In the midst of this worry, I was reminded of 1 John 4:7-21. Lately, when I’ve been feeling anxious or worried this passage stands out to me. There is something so comforting about being reminded that my Savior loves me — even when the laundry room is flooded. John was speaking about how God is love and how we experience love through Him.
As John goes on, he makes three really cool points: God is the source of all love, God models what genuine love is, and God commands us to love each other.
God is the source of love. Like electricity running through electrical wires, love comes from God to us, then flows through us to others in our community.
God revealed His love this morning through my community. When I was worried, they were there to talk with me, to help me clean it up, to help me form a game plan, and to encourage me. It sounds silly, but true community is there when things like this happen. I think that’s what John was talking about when he was talking about how we, as Christ followers, are called to love.
His love is perfect and unconditional.
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
1 John 4:7-11
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
1 John 4:18
Our love for each other should mirror God’s love for us.
We should love one another unconditionally. This is how we know that we are truly filled with God’s love. When His love overflows out of our lives to those around us, His love is made complete — it is perfected — in us.
God’s love is like a river that has swollen over its banks.
It’s like a tidal wave.
It’s like a bathtub when someone forgets to turn off the water.
It’s like a laundry room that’s flooded.
It just keeps pouring forth out of His heart into our hearts. How comforting is that? We serve a God whose love is purely for us.
I stood there, looking at the water, after my anxiety had calmed and my friends had come to the rescue; I had a rush of peace run over me.
God’s love was poured out through my friends as the issue was eventually eliminated. More than that, God’s love is bigger than this small inconvenience. Today, God used a washing machine to teach me about Himself — I wonder what He’ll use to teach you.
-Zoe Campbell // @hello_its_zo