“‘Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken…,’ says the LORD, who has compassion on you.”Isaiah 54:10
She was known as Julian of Norwich, a gentle lady born in 1342 who lived in a small chamber attached to St. Julian’s Church in Norwich, England. What might a person so far removed from our world have to say to us today?
It seems that when Lady Julian took seriously ill, she meditated deeply on God’s love and character and became filled with insights that transcend time and culture. One of her thoughts about God’s love says, “For as the body is clad in the cloth, and the flesh in the skin, and the bones in the flesh, and the heart in the whole, so are we, soul and body, clad in the Goodness of God, and enfolded.”
God’s never-failing, all-encompassing love is not subject to the winds that so quickly affect human love. Friends may grow distant. Family members may allow differences to become barriers. Someone dear to you may betray you. Jesus knows how every one of these things feels. But His love for you will never grow distant or betraying. His promises and the love He enfolds you in can never be withdrawn.
God’s compassion is based on His character, not on your conduct. He enfolds you in His love today.