How does a relationship begin? What makes it grow? What transforms an everyday, quickly exchanged acquaintance into a burning romance?
My Wife and I | How the Romance Began and Grew
My relationship with my wife began with us thinking not so highly of each other! As memory serves, she believed I was a mommy’s boy. My first impression of her was of an arrogant, standoffish woman. Both of those notions were formed within minutes, maybe even seconds, of our first encounter on a Sunday morning at church. If someone would have suggested to us then that we would one day be happily married, I think we both would have laughed out loud.
Church and social functions kept bringing us together, though. The more we talked, the more a mutual interest blossomed between us. It was the slow kindling of a flame. Once aflame, there was no extinguishing it. She is my love, and I hers.
She is my wife and my best friend. She is a much-needed part of who I am.
But, there is one who loves me more than she ever could.
The One Who Loves Me More | How the Romance Began and Grew
The one who loves me more longs for me with a passion beyond our greatest understanding. They relentlessly pursue me, inviting me to kindle an unsurpassed passion with them.
I cannot ignore their pursuit. Even while I do not fully comprehend it, their love for me is without compare. So I have entered into a relationship with them, and in their embrace, I have found:
I belong to my beloved, and his desire is for me.
Song of Songs 7:10, NIV
My relationship with God began with His furious longing for me. Even before I ever acknowledged Him, He sacrificed for me. While I did my worst to reject Him and ridicule Him, He loved me. The further I ran from Him, the more relentlessly He worked to draw me into His embrace.
Brennan Manning wrote,
The furious longing of God is beyond our wildest desires, our hope or hopelessness, our rectitude or wickedness, neither cornered by sweet talk nor gentle persuasion.
It cannot be tamed, boxed, captivated, housebroken, or templebroken. It is simply and startlingly Jesus, the effulgence of the Father’s love.
Manning, Brennan (2009-03-01). The Furious Longing of God (p. 24). David C. Cook. Kindle Edition.
God’s longing, His love, for me is beyond me. It is all Him. His love for me comes to a loud crescendo with Jesus. It cannot be contained and refuses definition by human emotion or religious ceremony.
I stand in awe of who He is and what He has done. The measure of His love for me amazes me. I am His beloved. He desires for me.
Have you experienced God’s love? Has the romance begun? Has it grown? His love for you is beyond compare.