Jn.4:13,14 – Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never be thirsty; but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up to eternal life.”
How can you describe the love that we taste when the Lord enters into our life? You really can’t but we must try our best to tell our story. Telling about God’s love for us becomes our passion and our joy, nothing in this world can even be called second place. Knowing Him and loving Him is not from this world that we live in, it is other worldly. The Kingdom of God is literally everywhere, breaking in on us, while we all spent our lives totally unaware. Being born again changes that, life enters our world and we begin to finally live. Here is how Augustine did his best to try and describe the love of God that had invaded his soul.
“But what do I love when I love my God? . . . Not the sweet melody of harmony and song; not the fragrance of flowers, perfumes, and spices; not manna or honey; not limbs such as the body delights to embrace. It is not these that I love when I love my God. And yet, when I love him, it is true that I love a light of a certain kind, a voice, a perfume, a food, an embrace; but they are of the kind that I love in my inner self, when my soul is bathed in light that is not bound by space; when it listens to sound that never dies away; when it breathes fragrance that is not borne away on the wind; when it tastes food that is never consumed by the eating; when it clings to an embrace from which it is not severed by fulfillment of desire. This is what I love when I love my God.”
Augustine’s words are alluring only to those who have ears to hear. These words can sound like foolishness until the moment love begins to break in. In that moment foolishness becomes wisdom, the wisdom that is not of this age. So those of us who have tasted this love can join with Augustine on his quest of foolishness, trying to describe to the world a love that can not be described.
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Augustine in my opinion did a wonderful job putting words together in describing his love connection with God. I especially appreciate that he included limbs as a relatable reference, a love attraction released in us mostly in our early teen years that is only subdued and refined when replaced by greater love. To me it’s not frustrating trying to describe, it’s a sentence with no period only another comma,