That’s just so GOOD! These words are an overflowing expression of His heart for you. “Wrapped in the love of God the Father.” Can you picture yourself there? I want to encourage you to spend an extra moment doing so. Why picturing? The Lord intends for us to use our spiritual senses to interact with Scripture. Your spirit has all five senses just like your body does, and their use will wonderfully enhance your understanding of God’s Word. It will literally aid you in your ability to feast on it:
See that? We can train our senses by practice. The more we practice looking with our spiritual eyes, the more we will be able to see (Eph. 1:18). The more we train our spiritual ears to be attentive and listen, the more we will hear the Good Shepherd’s voice talking to us (John 10:27, Rev. 3:20,22).
Let’s practice. Let’s take in our verse for today using our spiritual senses on purpose. Spiritual eyes and ears open, lean into this: “…To those who are called, wrapped in the love of God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ. May mercy, peace, and love be lavished on you!”
Reading these words and gazing with the eyes of your heart, what do you see? Here’s a hint. This is more elementary than you may think. “Heart’s eyes” – they are the same part of us that we have called our “imagination” since our earliest years. Except, this exercise is not pretend. It’s real. As a child, you would picture scenes of superheroes, castles, princesses, astronauts. Do you remember how vivid and real they were to you? God gave you that faculty, not just for childhood entertainment. He gave it to you as a means to receive revelation from Him.
Using it now for this exercise, you simply picture, on purpose, what you just read in the verse. You picture yourself wrapped up in the Father’s love. What does that look like? Ask Holy Spirit to breathe on the picture with His spirit of revelation (Eph. 1:17). Ask Him to show you the reality of what is happening in His realm, in the heavenly places. In the heavenlies, you are seated with Jesus. You are wrapped up in the Father’s love. As this Scripture says, ask Him to lavish that love on you. Ask Him to cascade over you with His mercy and peace.
What did you see? I would love to hear about the pictures He showed you!