An incredibly diverse group of women met for brunch. The differences between us are obvious: some are still in their twenties and others are closer to sixty years old. Some are slim, others not so slim. A few introverts, more extroverts. But there are similarities too; we all love Jesus, and we all either work at our church or have husbands who do.
Encouraged by our hostess, each woman had the opportunity to share about how they met their husbands. It was absolutely fascinating.
One guy had to endure multiple rejections before she would ever agree to a first date. Another shared how they were friends, who grew into best friends, who eventually grew to love each other. One woman loved her guy for years before the light bulb went on for him.
I watched each face light up as she remembered what it was like to fall in love with the man that would become her husband. I heard the joy in each voice as she recalled the first time she realized her love was reciprocated, and the wonder of being pursued.
Every story was different, but every story had a common theme: love.
In the same way, it is good to remember the story of how we came to love God, and accept His love for us. He loves each of us deeply, passionately. Yet the love story He writes in every life is different, and His pursuit of us is unique.
For some, they loved Him even as a child, though that love has grown mature and deepened over time. For others, it begins as a gentle wooing; whispers in the soul by the One who yearns for us to love Him back. Sometimes it is pain He uses, as He can and does use even (and perhaps especially) the hard things to bring the good of loving Him back into our lives.
Each love story looks different, but there is one thing of which we can be sure: He will faithfully, tirelessly, and relentlessly pursue us. He will do so until He reaches His goal; to have each of understand and accept His love, and to commit to loving Him back , not merely “until death do us part”, but for all eternity.
Because He is the lover of my soul.
And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13
1. How did God pursue you?
2. What convinced you that His love was real, and could be trusted?
3. Take a moment to reflect on that time when you first loved Him back. How has your love for Him grown, and deepened?
Father, thank You for the way You pursued me all those years ago. Thank You that you knew the desire of my heart was to love You, even before I realized it. Your pursuit never faltered. Your love never wavered, even when I tried to walk away. Constant, unchanging, unconditional, forever; that’s how You love me. I cannot deserve it, but I cannot, I cannot, refuse it.