I Love You Room
In Corner 1 of the I Love You Room, we see the God of Refreshment and the God of the Rain. We don’t come out of duty or hardness. We come with love and attentiveness. We come with affection. We come with humility. We come with a posture that is so filled with appreciation for His value and worth. We come holding His hand, looking into His eyes. We come with this sweet communion looking across the table at our best Friend who has always been there, and who's been the Abundantly Available One, our Passionate Pursuer.
We are overwhelmed and refreshed by His love. We drink to our fullest capacity of His Rain and the wine of His love (Song of Songs 1:2-4). We allow Him to correct our perceptions of ourselves so we can accept the greatness of His Calling. We appreciate His Humbling Love in the way He corrects us. He corrects us gently as children, fondly as friends, nobly as royalty.
"What shall I render to the Lord for all of His benefits towards me?
I will take up the cup of my salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord.”
The Psalmist says, “How do I please a good Father? I hold up my cup of salvation and ask for more.”
The God of Refreshment wants to invite us, His children, into holding up the cup of our salvation and asking for more. A good child goes to the Father and says, “More. More of Your love. More of Your Presence.” A good child is good at receiving love because their spirit needs to be soaked. Their spirit needs to be drenched.
"Isn’t there a father for the rain? Or who has begotten the drops of dew?
Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that an abundance of water may cover you?”
There’s an invitation for us to lift up our voice to the clouds and have the Father release an abundance of rain of His presence over us. He has a refreshing rain that soaks our spirits in His love and brings forth a culture of life instead of a culture of religion. His rain brings refreshing communion, then partnership. It's loveliness, a fresh burning of love--freedom from disturbing emotions, moving into unintelligible peace beyond comprehension, where the ugly clouds fade away and this brightness of our God, this radiance, comes forth.
Nehemiah 9:17-25 says that God's people did not obey because they did not remember His great goodness. They had been given cisterns which were already dug-- a great inheritance in the ground which were then filled with rain. Rain helped those wells spring up! Rain brings up true inheritance. He’ll rain on us, and we’ll remember His wonders forever. He wants to bring us to a place where we uncap those cisterns together. And we’ll help others to uncap their own cisterns and promises that He has for them.
By edict of the king, no limits were placed on the drinking,
for the king had instructed all his palace officials to serve each man as much as he wanted.
Everybody drank of the royal wine, and their capacity started to stretch.
He has refreshed us with His Rain and then we get to drink with Him, and He drinks with us in an appropriate sense. We get to come into that place of harmony and nearness with Him. We give Him a goblet of wine to drink of, and He reaches across the table and He gives us the goblet of wine to drink of, and then we drink. Then He asks us how much more do we want? We drink more and more of His Presence, more of His Love, to our fullest capacity.
Your love is sweeter than wine. -Song of Solomon 1:2
This helps us respond to circumstances differently. We obtain an "I-don’t-care" spirit in an appropriate way because there’s a Greater-Than love and a Greater-Than presence. The Father then comes to oil us with His refreshing and comforting love. We had felt His living water start to come through us already. Then He oils us. We get to feel the hot honey of His presence within, that goes into those crevices of our being. We start to get baptized, immersed, and saturated in His love. The oil and the rain fill our cup until it overflows, and delightful and delectable feelings start to come forth.
This gentle mode of correction is how God takes us from a place where we cannot actualize His calling to the place where we are perfectly in sync with Him, carrying it out. The blessing of the One Who Passionately Pursues us is a partnership where the Bride bends in love and willingness for the Bridegroom. Just the thrill of hearing his voice, the prospect of seeing His eyes causes her to change what she's doing. This is humbling love. The Lord's passion for His Bride to be partnering with Him, wed to Him, causes our hearts to thaw. We change in response to His kindness and devotion because His oil has permeated in and softened all our hard places.