Posts tagged ‘romance’

November 11, 2010

One half of a great pair of shoes…

by Veronika

Shoes just have to come as a pair!

You’re just a half. A missing chunk of something whole, or the second part of two. You know you have something great to give someone else, that you and he – together – are just going to be great.

Halves, after all, come in twos. That’s why they’re “halves.”

If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting for that second half to show up, that other shoe, that lead to your pencil, that ice cube to your tea, that root to your branches. You go together with something. You always have. And when they’re taking their time revealing themselves, you feel like you’re lost.

That other half, believe it or not, is not in the form of a physical person. You’re not just made up of the physical; you are also made up of the spiritual. And it’s the spiritual half that you’re lacking. Man and woman can bond physically; they can bond emotionally; and sometimes, when all’s right in the world and the sun is shining, they can bond intellectually.

(That’s a joke. Har, har.)

But man and woman cannot bond spiritually…at least at the outset. The spiritual understanding of a human only happens when they’ve bonded to something higher than themselves. When they’ve made contact with God.

That’s the other half of the really great pair of shoes you’re going to be a part of. When you’re connected to God with all your heart, with all of your being, you’re part of something spectacular. You’re part of something far greater – and far more eternal – than you can imagine.

The man that God might give you? He’s the added bonus. He’s the cute polka dots on the side, the silky scarf you found to match, the click-clacky sound that thrills you when you walk across the floor. He’s not what defines you. He’s what God decides to throw in when He’s ready. And he’ll match you perfectly. 

Until then, you’ve got a great pair of shoes to get you wherever God can take you – which is anywhere. With Him, you can encompass the world.

*Thanks to Leigh McLeroy for this awesome metaphor. I hope you don’t mind me taking that idea further, Leigh!

October 13, 2010

He Gives Me Goosebumps

by Veronika

We’ve all heard it at some point, either in movies, from a girlfriend, or in our own minds: “Being around him just gives me the goosebumps!” Getting chills or giddiness when you’re around the one you love – or at least have an attraction to – isn’t an evil thing; in fact, it can sometimes (I stress the “sometimes”) be an indication that there might be something more there between you and the guy you admire.

I was driving on the way to work this morning, and God blessed me once again with this song from a passionate brother in the Lord whose love for God is probably the most obvious thing about him.

But Your love
Your love
The only the thing that matters is Your love
Your love is all I have to give
Your love is enough to light up the darkness
It’s Your love
Your love
All I ever needed is Your love

I was blessed with this reminder that Jesus’ love is the only thing that really matters. Yes, our familial and romantic relationships are important if they are following God’s will. Yes, we should be mindful of our duties and responsibilities, and work hard to make a difference in others’ lives. But the most important, the most true and beautiful reality in this world, is that Christ’s love for us is amazing. We honestly don’t need anything else but His love – ever. His love, His mercy, is what sustains us in the first place. His mediating work between the righteousness of a perfect God and the condemnatory and just punishment of hell is what keeps us and forms us and makes us whole. The Word says that God Himself gives us our every breath, and He chooses to work through us thanks to the self-sacrifice of His Son. Christ loved us – loved you – enough to be absolutely forsaken by His own God.

How can we not love Him back with everything we have? Dwell on that today; dwell on how rich in love and mercy our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ are.

It will give you goosebumps.