Fury is a lightening storm, tearing across the night sky. Fury is an earthquake, knocking down buildings and swallowing the earth. Fury is a tornado, ripping trees from the ground and hurtling them through windows. Fury is a hurricane, overtaking land and life with wind and wave. What has fury to do with love? Fury is a mother bear protecting her cubs from danger. Fury is a father when he learns his child has been kidnapped. Fury is a lover who has learned his lover has been greatly wronged.
Fury is vengeance, wrath, power unleashed. But furious longing? Does longing have the propensity to be furious? Furious longing would be desperation, unquenched desire, unfulfilled need. Longing implies lacking-- to long means one is not complete. Yet God is complete and whole, lacking in nothing. He has perfect union and fellowship within the Trinity. What need has He of me? And to call it furious-- I rather envision more a passive, "Oh, sure, it would be nice if she would join us, but no big loss either way."
The thought of God longing for me like a lover, a Father, a hurricane-- I cannot picture it. And surely His longing is for His Church and not for me as an individual? How rather arrogant to suppose I'm singled out. One lost sheep versus the ninety-nine-- I've detached myself from Biblical exegesis so much, being careful to not apply which was not meant to be applied to me, that I no longer can truly envision a passage such as this as having anything to do with me. Furious wrath, yes, but furious longing?
Surely this is just the impassioned cry of a lover and not applicable to the place I hold in God's heart. Then again, would God not love more deeply, more passionately, more fully-- more furiously-- than any human lover?
Love requires an other. If God is love, His love must have an object. He would be fully justified, in His perfection, to make that object Himself alone. Yet He chooses to direct His love towards people and invite them into a union with Him. Not just invite but relentlessly pursue, like a tireless lover. I cannot grasp that imagery in relation to me.