Back in August, we took a quick day trip to The Field of Dreams movie set in Dyersville, Iowa while in Iowa for a wedding. It was a truly magical place, and after attending college not far away for four years, it was about time to visit! This classic movie is about a man who builds a baseball diamond in the middle of his cornfield after hearing a voice telling him to. If you haven’t seen the movie, it is one rooted on a simple belief: faith.
There’s a scene in the movie when the lead, Kevin Costner, drives up to the field with the co-star, James Earl Jones, and both are stupefied by what they find. Many ball players have shown up to play ball on the field from all over the country, many of which have shown up as a younger version of themselves. Their faith that ball players would come paid off.
Although there is no mention specifically of faith and God and miracles in the movie, the feeling is just the same; belief and the love shown towards others helps to make all things possible.
Throughout Field of Dreams, there isn’t much mention of God or faith. But yet, He was there. The acts of kindness shown throughout the movie and the love shown between the cast of characters working to help baseball players’ dreams come true–God was more present than ever.
My point is that God is present in all situations, especially when Love is shown towards others, and He has the power and ability to surprise us in the best of ways, even if He isn’t acknowledged.
Lately, I’ve found it my challenge to see God in all situations and to keep loving others. Every song, every movie, each conversation. See the love that is shared between people, the kindness offered to a stranger, the hope someone has for a bright future. And the faith that life will go on. By finding God’s love, it certainly adds a sense of encouragement and hope to each day. Besides looking for God’s love, I’ve been learning more on the importance to show that love and kindness so others may see God’s love.
I think this is also echoed well through this verse:
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:16
I love the idea of making it a goal in every situation to treat others with love and grace and kindness with the hope that others will see God’s love and turn to him. It may not mean to be the one talking about God’s love but rather the one listening and offering advice. It may mean giving a hug and letting someone know you’re listening. It may also mean offering encouragement to someone who may need it. Whatever the action is to help others, it is done with love.
One of my favorite books I have read is Love Does by Bob Goff. In the book, Bob takes readers through a series of stories from his life about how he has seen Love come in to play. One example was when he watched a young stranger propose to his girlfriend in a very detailed proposal. Throughout watching this young man create a plan of how he wanted to show his girlfriend love, Bob Goff talks about how God loves us all in similar ways. He loves unconditionally and in ways meant to surprise us and show us just how deep His love is for us.
In so many ways, God catches us by surprise. His Love shows up in so many different places, but yet it is up to us to seek it out. It is up to us to show that love to others, even perfect strangers.
Even in moments of doubt and hesitation, frustration and sorrow, God’s love is ever-present.
Thank you to Jasmine Grace and the Feeling God’s Love: Finding You Series Collab for this Valentine’s Day Inspired Post!
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