I've been thinking a lot recently about how wonderful being in love with Jesus truly is. My whole life I have known that he existed and was real... my faith in God was never fake. I was still missing out on so much, though, because I refused to cultivate a real relationship with him. Reading the bible was too much of a hassle and praying took too long. Plus, I never had the words. But making new friends that have pushed me beyond what I though I could handle has taught me that taking the leap isn't scary!
I spent my whole life teetering on the edge of a cliff, knowing the God of life lived in the depth of the oceans below me, but I still refused to jump. Only recently did I begin dipping my toes into the waves, and finally, diving in. Sometimes the vastness of it all is still a little intimidating, but never scary. I'm starting to fully understand that the God who created the ocean I swim in is the lover of my soul.
Breathe that in, loves - Jesus, our best friend and husband, is the one who created every flower, every sunset, every mountain. The one who has chosen us is the most incredible person we could ever imagine. Since childhood we have yearned for that Prince Charming, the one to ride in on a white horse and sweep us off our feet, but we have been looking in the wrong place. Jesus himself is our Prince Charming.
The thing is, it's difficult to fully believe those truths if you don't dive in to the ocean that is God's love, joy, and peace. Relationships are, and always have been, two sided. Jesus is constantly pursuing you, his bride, but we don't know that until we stop turning our back on him and look him in the eyes. Granted, it can be difficult to know how to do that, simply because we've never had to cultivate a relationship with someone we can't physically see. And frankly, I was intimidated by the prospect of pursuing Jesus simply because I had no idea how to do it.
But the truth is, chasing after Jesus is not hard! He's not running away, in fact, he's been chasing after us our whole lives. All we have to do is turn around and look him in the eyes. And practically, the ways to do this are simple and few: worship, pray, read the Word. Essentially, sing to him, talk to him, read about him.
That's all we have to do! And the voices in your head that say it won't make any difference, that you don't have the time, or that it's silly to try, those voices are lies. Jesus is the only one who can love your soul as fully and shamelessly as you desire.
And loves, don't be discouraged! Just like cultivating a human relationship, it can take time to understand who you're in relationship with, and the beginning can be difficult. But take heart, for you are not alone. Your husband has overcome the world!