As we journey through Easter, I keep thinking about the love that God has for us. I mean, just look at everything God does to love us, and how he keeps coming back to us, even when we might try to run away from him. This is something we clearly see throughout scripture, and it is something we see in our own lives as well.
If I named this kind of love, I would call it "reckless love." For God comes to us, loves us, with reckless abandon. God doesn't let the human emotion of pride get in the way. He doesn't let our desires for control or power get in the way. He doesn't let our pushing away from him get in the way. Instead, he just continues to love us, come to us, and forgive us. This kind of reckless love always amazes me.
In seminary I had a professor who, with his wife, adopted a child. As the child grew up, he pushed against the adopted parents in many ways. One day, the professor came home and as he opened the door he noticed that the carpet was very wet. He rushed through the huose to try and find the leak that was soaking his floors. As he stepped into the living room he saw his son standing there, with a water hose in his hands, watering the carpet. The professor turned off the water and walked up to his son. The son looked at the father and said, "I guess I am in big trouble now." The father knelt down in front of the son and said, "You are my son. I love you. Nothing you ever do will change that. You will always be my son. I will always be your father. You will always be loved by me."
God loves us so recklessly that no matter what we do, no matter where we go, he will love us. He demonstrated this on the cross and as he came out of the tomb. He promises the same to you - you will always be his child, he will always be your God - and you will always be loved.