A special kind of love.
The prince is stately, unrivaled, yet she is common, plain. “His attraction to her is baffling.”
She is sometimes “sullen and sour, even cranky.” Not the type you’d want to spend the rest of your life with. Yet, he cannot live without her, so he proposes to her. Soon afterward, he leaves to build their future home and take care of his father’s kingdom duties. He promises her that he will return for her as soon as everything was ready.
In the meantime, she forgets that she is betrothed. She lives as she pleases, not caring that her behavior reflects on her family and on her betrothed. “She forgot to prepare herself for her nuptials. She was even seen doing things that made others whisper.”
Rebellious and forgetful. Distracted and too busy. Preparation for the wedding? What future bride does not plan and prepare for her beautiful wedding day? A prince was coming for her. Forget the groom? How could she!
And how could we. We are that peasant girl, that covenanted bride-to-be. Do we behave as though we are betrothed to our Beloved? No. Our behavior should be fitting of a princess…not a peasant. Our Beloved’s return for us should be uppermost in our minds.
Max says we are amnesic, “To forget the purpose of gingko is one thing. But to forget our engagement to Christ is another.”
We need a reminder! And here it is:
“YOU HAVE CAPTURED GOD’S HEART.” *
I can hear some souls sinking. Perhaps things have happened to you. Perhaps your feelings have gone haywire. Perhaps your heart may be wounded. Perhaps you think to yourself: But I don’t feel captured. I don’t feel beloved.
Well, I’m here to tell you that feelings change but the truth of God’s love does not. The truth is…God loves you with a love that can still any storm, win any battle, override any tension or discomfort, soothe any pain, comfort any hurt, calm any fear, and will always uphold you, always share peace and joy with you.
You, the one He loves truly. You, the one for whom He died. You, the one to whom He yearns to be close. You, the Lord’s espoused, His intended, His precious companion for all eternity. You are His precious heart’s desire.
He rejoices over you with mirth and pleasure. He spins around in excitement over you with shouts of joy and songs of praise! (Zeph. 3:17)
“We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect.” (1 John 4:16-17a NLT)
No matter what circumstance is swirling around you, you are loved and you will be okay. If your life is falling apart right now, you’ll be okay. Even if all looks dark and dreary, you’ll be okay.
Let me encourage you, whether it’s Valentine’s Day or not, you are loved. Each. And. EVERY. Day. No matter what!
The only one you truly need to make you feel loved is the Lord, the God of Love. He will never leave you, nor abandon you. And that, my sweet friend, should fill your love tank to overflowing!
“God showed how much he loved us by sending
his one and only Son into the world
so that we might have eternal life through him.”
(1 John 4:9 NLT)
May God’s eternal, special Love fill your heart to overflowing…Lynn
* This beautiful love story of a prince and his peasant bride is from Max Lucado’s book, When Christ Comes.
**A Valentine Special