The title must have raised some eyebrows because ‘True love’ isn’t perfect, and ‘perfect love’ is for sure not true.
From my childhood, the stories of a Prince wooing his Princess and pursuing her – were my favourites. In the background I can almost hear my mother shouting not to believe in them. Nevermind! I secretly did believe in them. ‘And they lived happily everafter.’ Was my favourite line. I would never read stories that didn’t have a happy ending. What a coward I am!
For me, I was too afraid to venture out and try these dreams. No matter how strongly I was lured into believing them. Too afraid to let anyone break my heart and shatter those dreams – after I saw my best friend falling for it. So I secretly preserved them in my heart as long as I could.
As always I went to God with a pile of complaints and questions, saying – ‘why do you place those dreams in my heart – only to be broken some day?’
I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal savior when I was 8, believing that He died for my sins on that cross, taking my punishment. Since then I have seen Him as my Father, my Mother, companion, best friend, Teacher and critic. But never as a lover!
When I questioned Him – it led me to wonder ‘has Jesus ever fallen in love?’ I wondered about His love story. Yes He did fall in love – with me, not just me but all His creation.
His Pursuit: He came pursuing His creation, like a lover He pursues His beloved wooing her and proving His love. Searching for her when she’s lost and assuring her of her beauty and worth. (‘I am fearfully and wonderfully made.’ Psm139:14 Bible) – He accepts me as I am – sinful and unworthy of His love. – How charming!
His Proposal: Jesus stooped down from heaven, not just in a traditional way of proposing (down on one knee) but much more – he came down on the cross and died for the sins of the world. Now, He proposes, his creation, His beloved. Knowing that most of them will reject Him, or probably mock His love. But it didn’t stop him – How sacrificial!
His Providence: Like a Husband, He provides for all our needs, the sun, air, water, nature are all His gifts to all His Creation. But much more, He gives us also the strength and ability to work and have our being. He’s interested in all the details of our life. (He’s able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine…’ Eph3:20 Bible) – How thoughtful!
His Protection: He is willing and strong to protect us. (‘He will command His angels concerning you, to guard you in all your ways.’ Psm 91:11 Bible) – How protective!
His partner in dance: Anyone who is willing to follow Him, to walk in His will.
Daily He asks me ‘May I have this dance?’ Sometimes I dance with Him – knowing fully well that His will gives me full satisfaction and His leading directs me to the right path. I still falter, sometimes dancing to the tunes of worry or doubt, sometimes moving with religion or peer pressure. Sometimes, lingering around what my mind tricks me to do. And there Jesus waits, like a gentleman, pursuing me all over again. Faithfully and tenderly asking me out. –How Gentlemanly !
My expectations and dreams were not wrong! They were placed wrongly – on human shoulders, unable to bear the weight. It’s too much to ask of any man. True satisfaction can only be found in Jesus.
My Prince charming did come – He’s wooing me to heaven (The perfectly everafter life). 😉
Do you seek for True and Perfect love?
Jesus stands there patiently waiting for your answer – Will you take His hand? He’s a Gentleman – He won’t barge into your heart – ‘Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will go in and eat with him, and he with me.’ Rev 3:20 Bible.