“Ben, you’re always running here and there
You feel you’re not wanted anywhere
If you ever look behind and don’t like what you find
There’s something you should know, you’ve got a place to go”
(Song lyrics by Don Black / Walter Scharf )
A love song about a rodent pretty much says it all. Love sees things differently – and if you are a pet owner you would probably agree. Pets become endeared to us. Most likely the pet’s lifespan is shorter than ours, and inevitably the day comes when we have to let our four-legged friend go.
Ultimately, whenever we open our hearts and let somebody in, we allow our hearts to be broken. The famous quote from Alfred Lord Tennyson, “’tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all” is relevant. Although the pain of loss is difficult to handle, it is love that makes life meaningful.
When God decided to put humans on the map of the history of the universe, I believe He deliberately chose to accept the pain that came with it. If we had an interview with God and asked Him: “Why in the world did you create humans? That really backfired, didn’t it?” – He probably would not agree that inventing humanity was just one great big mistake of His. If that’s the way He felt about us, I don’t think we would still be here. But here we are – still kicking! We are here because we are loved. I am not sure that God would say it this way, but apparently, we are worth the pain.
Whenever we see love acted out, we know that is God’s heartbeat, right there. His love perseveres and so do we. There are a million reasons to become a cynic and give up on love, yet we will soon discover how empty a life that is. Despite of what you and I have been through, as long as we choose life we choose to love again.