“And they lived happily ever after. The End.”
Every romance novel seems to end with a heroine triumphantly riding off into the sunset with her knight in shining armor. If only our lives would mimic the classic fairy tales we all grew up reading. Instead, our perfect rendition of a happily ever after is an evening of watching the latest episode of Game of Thrones! But, seriously, we long for love. Our hearts were uniquely designed for this purpose. Our creator is inviting us to join him on a journey of romance that would rival the famous fairy tales of old.
Long ago, before the foundations of the world…
God looked upon your unformed being and was immediately captivated by you (Psalm 139:16). It was at that precise moment that God made an eternal vow to love you with an everlasting love. It is a covenant forged out of the very heart of our creator. A love so deep, that it would compel him to make the ultimate sacrifice known to mankind. He would step down from heaven to take on human form and eventually embark on a 3 year mission to romance the hearts of the people.
I always imagined love to be a beautiful tapestry of vivid colors that were woven into the fabrics of our hearts. Some would describe it as an exhilarating high that sets us free the moment we allow it to penetrate our soul. To be quite honest, I am no expert when it comes to the affairs of the heart. My own lackluster in this particular department had left me to piece together what I had read in novels and watched on the big screen. I wanted so badly to be the damsel in distress. To experience an undying love that would leave me breathless. I prayed for someone to rescue me from the seemingly dismal life that had no future, no room for a happy ending. Why was everyone around me getting engaged, married or starting a relationship? I asked the Lord, “what is left for me? Suddenly, something beautiful began to emerge from the ashes and it all started with an invitation.
He called out to me…
My beloved spoke, and said to me:
“Rise up, my love, my fair one,
And come away.
For lo, the winter is past,
The rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth;
The time of singing has come,
And the voice of the turtledove
Is heard in our land.
The fig tree puts forth her green figs,
And the vines with the tender grapes
Give a good smell.
Rise up, my love, my fair one,
And come away! ~ Song of Songs 2:10-13
I’ve had my heart-broken once too many times. I spent many nights spilling thousands of tears over empty promises that robbed me of my “happily ever after.” Unbeknownst to me, Jesus was extending a hand towards me. He wanted to romance me in the way he has always intended for his princesses. He gently reminded me through my pain, that the love he has for me, is unfailing.
I was placing my heart in the wrong hands. The bible tells us that we should guard our hearts (Proverbs 4:23). My search for love and romance had taken me down a wrong path. I didn’t need to look for love in someone, in fact, I needed to go straight to the source which was Jesus. When you totally surrender your life to God, he leads you to discover love through his eyes. I no longer needed the validation of a person’s love to make me feel complete. The moment I allowed that nugget of truth to take root deep in my heart, I experienced a new level of love for Christ and in Christ like never before.
Beloved, on the evening of this Valentine’s day, I want you to know that your love story is far from being over. It hasn’t even begun! Open your heart and allow romance to take hold of you as you explore daily doses of God’s immeasurable love for you.
Let the finger of God rewrite your love story!