In the 80’s hubby and I were right in the middle of raising our daughters when the blockbuster “Back to the Future” was released. We enjoyed the movie (still do to this day) and I LOVED the song that Huey Lewis & The News wrote for it. Great music!
It don’t take money and it don’t take fame
Don’t need no credit card to ride this train
Tougher than diamonds and stronger than steel
You won’t feel nothin’ till you feel You feel the power, just the power of love
That’s the power, that’s the power of love.
“The power of love is a curious thing.” I know that the songwriters were going down the road of romantic love, which I happen to think is just grand and I am a big fan. I hope if those fellas ever read this they’ll grant me grace as I go another direction with the power of love.
It’s even more curious to most when witnessing the power of selfless love outside of the romantic realm. This love is manifested in more ways than I could list but I’ve seen it in exhausted caregivers, patient teachers, parents of rebellious teenagers, widows, new parents and desperate, hurting spouses.
This love is never formed on unstable emotions. It persists through hurt, anxiety, fear, exhaustion, disappointment, and shattered hopes and dreams. It looks with hope beyond the current moment. It digs deep and finds strength and stamina for the day. It doesn’t always do it quietly, or without struggle, and at times it’s not the least bit graceful.
At the end of some days, this lover literally stumbles to the finish. This is no sprint, and sometimes she digs deep in order to make the final turn. We’ve all marveled at these “super humans” who just won’t quit.
What if this isn’t some super power reserved for a few. Perhaps there aren’t people who have some secret endurance, available to an exclusive few. You see, they are not sufficient for the task either.
I believe it might be that they’ve caught hold of this promise – walking it out in faith in response to His love:
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 1Cor 12:9
Weakness isn’t the part that we notice. We see the power of Christ as it rests on them, made perfect in weak moments and weary minds. It’s in weakness, when the task is too big, when skills are inadequate and the call is beyond our current capacity that HE enters in. It is a powerful thing to trust God to do what is beyond our resources.
But why? Why press on? Why be so willing to be hurt, to be disappointed, go the extra mile and give up personal comfort. There is only one answer. When everything else has fallen away, when every other motivation to hang in there has faded, we are left with this:
Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that. Ephesians 5:1-2 MSG
Rest in his grace, but love with extravagant abandon. His love woos. His love is unconditional and doesn’t give up even when we play hard to get. Love like that, by His grace. And then wait for it. The power of love.