The great secret – the key to everything – is love.
Our ability to love is evidence for God’s existence.
Without God, there is no love. And in fact, we are taught by the wisdom of our ancestors that God created us because He loved us.
When Genesis says that we are created “in His image” (Genesis 1:27), it is that ability to love that defines us as such. It is that love, the very essence of God Himself, which differentiates us from some of His other creations.
The innermost parts of us, God’s breath of life, His love – it is the spark which gives us the ability to be made in God’s image.
This genuine love, which can can be felt between friends, family members, and lovers, is a relationship in the most transcendent terms.
God follows us, lovelorn, begging us to turn to Him. He wrote us a love story, the Torah. He constantly knocks on our door, asking us to let Him in.
He does not force. He does not “arouse love until it is desirous” (Song of Songs 8:4). He gave us free will so that we may choose to love Him or not. He does not instigate. He is patient, merciful, and constantly forgiving.
“Many waters cannot quench the love, nor can rivers flood it” (8:7) because “the Lord your God is a consuming fire” (Deuteronomy 9:3). An all-consuming, burning, fiery love with a thirst that cannot be quenched.
Dive deeply into the waters of your love for others, and you will find the all-consuming fire of love which stems from God Himself. Kick through the pressure to the bottom of the ocean, where the core lies buried beneath the darkness on the face of the deep (Genesis 1:2), burning with brightness like the sun. Grasp that core, that essence, which resides within us: the deepest, inmost love, shrouded in darkness.
That love, that essence of God, rests in darkness because it is not yet ready for light. The world is not prepared for the blinding light which will emit from the deepest darkness.
The ultimate revelation of love is found in a whisper, in a song. It lies covered over in darkness, hidden away. The world could not bear so much light.
Love cannot be captured by mere words. Love pours out of us as sighs, returning to God what He gave us.
O Lord, before you is all my yearning;
My sighing is not concealed from You.
Love burns within darkness, as yet unable to find true words, incapable of tangible form until the completion of the work God began.
And after the fire of love finds no earthly form or satisfaction, and the sigh escapes our lips, God will say, “Let there be light.” And there will be light.
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