Sunday, May 10, 2015

Love at First Sight

It was “love at first sight”.  (Imagine violin music here….)  Our eyes met across a crowded room and we knew, in that moment, we would always be together.  Isn’t this the stuff of romance?!

Truthfully….we were children in the early 1950’s, singing in the children’s choir.  There we were, all decked out in our little white robes with the maroon bows under our chins.  In reality, we had very little to do with each other.  And that continued to be the picture of “us” all through our growing up years.  Oh yes, our lives intersected at many junctures: Sunday school, church camp, youth group, high school choir, mutual friends…but no “romantic” involvement.

Fast forward to 2003: by this time we had many life experiences behind us including college, marriage, divorces (sadly), families, careers, etc.  But most importantly, we had both made Jesus the foundation of our faith and our reconnection came as a result of God’s movement in our lives. 

Love at first sight?  Hardly!  Although our “courtship” moved quickly  culminating in marriage on May 8, 2004, we spent hours and hours talking and talking and talking - emails, phone calls, in person.  We spent time with each other's families and friends; we attended church and sought out Biblical counsel.  Moving toward marriage God's way meant being intentional.  Did we experience "romance"?  Of course, but it was not the singular basis for marriage.
Many of us who have fallen in love with Jesus did not necessarily experience “love at first sight”.  I sat in church for many years without knowing I needed to not only believe in Jesus, but to also “receive” Him as my Savior.  (If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 8:10) God “courted” me; He loved me in a variety of ways through people and circumstances…. and He was persistent!  (I am SO grateful!) 

Finally the day came when I knew I wanted to be counted among those who wait for the Bridegroom’s return, also known as the “second coming”.

The Bible paints a beautiful picture of marriage portraying a much larger and eternal view; the church (defined as ALL true believers) is the bride of Christ.  We are His beloved.  He gave His life that we might enter into an eternal relationship with God through Him! 

In Old Testament times a couple would become betrothed (similar to being engaged only more binding) and the bridegroom would prepare a home for His bride.  When it was ready, he would return for her and they would marry.  Jesus told His disciples, as He was preparing to return to heaven:  “In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so I would have told you.  I am going there to prepare a place for you.” (John 14: 2)

This world is fast becoming a hostile environment for those of us who await our “Bridegroom’s” return; Biblical prophecy is becoming reality.  But hang on…it’s also an exciting time!  One day (maybe soon) the heavenly marriage will take place!  Are you ready?

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