“Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God. Oh, it chases me down, fights til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine.
I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still, you give yourself away. Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.
When I was your foe, still your love fought for me, You have been so good to me.
When I felt no worth, you paid it all for me. You have been so kind to me”
I have been playing this song on repeat for the last two weeks. No joke. It is such an amazing song and combine that with having seen him live. It is just unbeatable. When you get the chance to witness an artist experiencing so much passion in their work; it’s beautiful.
I caught myself singing this song over and over and I realized I am not exactly clear on some of the lyrics. What could he mean by “reckless love of God”? This song is too beautiful to be negative so, I did some digging. I found his live performance and a lot of it became clear.
Take a look for yourself: https://youtu.be/6xx0d3R2LoU
Ashbury goes on to explain that he isn’t calling God reckless but, more so, his love can be. He says:
“He’s utterly unconcerned with the consequences of his actions with regard to his own safety, comfort and well being. His love isn’t crafty or slick, it’s not cunning or shrewd. In fact, all things considered, it’s quite child-like and, might I even suggest, it’s sometimes downright ridiculous.
His love bankrupted Heaven for you and for me. His love doesn’t consider himself first, it isn’t selfish or self-serving. He doesn’t wonder what he will gain or lose by putting himself on the line. He just puts himself out there on the off chance that you and I might look back at Him and give Him that love in return. His love leaves the 99 to find the 1 everytime.”
Ashbury goes on to elaborate further on the reckless love of God. Ashbury explains how dangerous it can be to leave the 99 to find the 1 lost sheep. He explains that God’s love isn’t cautious and there is no backup plan with his love. It is such a powerful concept to think about. No matter what we do or how we cast him out God will always return to us and show us his love. Even when you claim you hate God or think nothing of Him he will still be there to show you kindness and grace.
Cory really nailed this one! The sentiment is undeniable.
Well, today is my 28th birthday, and I cannot wait to use that to control the radio to play this song over and over again. This song has such a big impact on me because of how much I can personally relate. The Lord took me in when I was in my worst form. He never left me; I was just having trouble finding him. Once I did, we never lost each other again. Just as Ashbury said, “He’s just that good, he’s just that kind.”
I am just so grateful to be 28 today and be thriving!
Before I go, I want to apologize for not posting too much lately! I don’t really have any sort of excuse I just let some other things get in the way. But, I realize when I speak with you guys I am speaking with so much passion and truth that even if I am only helping 1 person; it’s worth it. Just like it is spoken in Luke:15. So, just know that it is important to me to be there to lift you all up and inspire.
On this beautiful, Spring day, I want to say, God, you have been so good to me. I am so blessed to have my 28th birthday happy, thriving and clean. You have helped mold me into a beautiful and loving mother. My life is a miracle and it is because of you and your reckless love.