In our super-connected generation, knowledge is no longer measured only in terms of what one knows or has acquired but also by the questions one is able to ask. In 2017 alone, we as a human race were so curious that on average we performed 3,6 Million searches every minute for more information.
Do you know what some of the top searches where last year?
People searched for:
- Hurricane Irma
- Meghan Markle
- iPhone 8
- How to make slime?
- How to make solar eclipse glasses?
- The ‘Cash me outside’ meme
- The movie IT
- Ariane Grande
- Chicken breast recipe
- The series Stranger Things
Have a look at this incredible video that Google put together about searches in 2017.
But what should we really be asking and searching for?
THE POWER OF LOVE
In Bishop Michael Curry’s royal wedding sermon he reminded the Royal couple and the worldwide audience about the Power of Love,
“There’s power in love. Don’t underestimate it. Don’t even over sentimentalise it. There’s power – power in love. If you don’t believe me, think about a time when you first fell in love. The whole world seemed to centre around you and your beloved.”
I suspect that even though most people didn’t search for love on Google (or maybe they did), they desire to love and be loved.
But how do we desire the right kind of love? Where do we discover a love for God?
The love Bishop Curry referred to is not a sitcom, soft and superficial love that culminates in romantic walks into the sunset, as great as those things are. Nor is it to be confined to the glorious and glamorous intimacy of society’s most blessed.
Rather it is a love initiated by God and given as a gift.
In what is described as Jesus’ High Priestly prayer recorded in John’s Gospel, Jesus is quoted as saying,
“I have made you (referring to the Father) known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that (so that) the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them” (John 17:26).
Let me try beak it down for you.
Jesus, knowing who he was and knowing his position in the Father’s sight had a desire and he expressed that desire in a heartfelt prayer to his father, the Father.
Not only did he know who he was but he also knew who he was in relation to the Father, His Son in whom He was well pleased.
He also knew the character of his pleased Father who was able to fulfil that desire because of the essence of their union.
Jesus being God, also knew that this desire was consistent with the will of the Father and not inconsistent with his desire.
Jesus, who is love, asks God, who is love to not only share this same love with us, but to place it within us.
This is the love that the Father is awakening (can awaken) in us through the Holy Spirit.
This type of love is a gift indeed and it is a type of love that is not human centred but God centred. Love to God and Love from God for God.
When you and I respond in this love to the Father in any increasing measure, this is actually in response to the work of the Holy Spirit in us who is awakening the desire that the Father and the Son share. This desire, that the quality of our Love for Jesus will reflect that of the Father’s Love for Jesus, is a fruit of the Father’s delight in his Son Jesus.
When I began to think about this knowledge and information, I realised that I had stumbled into a beautiful exchange of love that was orchestrated by the Father because of his love for Himself, not necessarily because it is my treacherous path to some sort of Nirvana-like promise-land.
When I desire this love that I witness between God the Father and Jesus the Son. When I ask how I can have this love that Jesus the Son has for God the Father. Then I am starting to ask the right kind of question and searching for a love that will satisfy the very depth of my soul.