Sunday, March 4, 2012

Forever Yours Alone

The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying:  “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” – Jeremiah 31:3, NIV

Staring at the sky, Beth wondered if God could hear her prayers. Her broken heart longed to be free of the sorrow it had carried for so long. She had released the one she loved so dearly into the hands of her Savior many times before, but clung tightly to her memories for fear of forgetting his face, his laughter, and the warmth of their friendship.  She knew that this would be the day she released him for good and moved on with her life.

“God, why did you bring Isaac into my life?  If you knew the pain of letting him go would be so great, why did you allow our friendship in the first place?”  There was no answer, only the silent knowing that God had ordained their special friendship to show her the depth of his own love for her and to help her understand that no human relationship could take the place of an intimate relationship with her Savior.  She had finally learned the true meaning of sacrificial love because she had experienced it in a very personal way the day she finally let their friendship go....

Have you ever felt the pain of loving someone deeply yet knowing that relationship would inevitably end because it was never meant to last?  If you had it to do all over again, would you willingly make yourself vulnerable to that kind of love?  Would it be worth the hurt to bare your soul to another human being? 
God created us to love and be in relationship with him and one another.  Yet we sometimes allow our love for others to come between us and God.  God will never settle for being runner up when it comes to our affections.  Sometimes the Lord will allow us to remain in a relationship even when we elevate it above our relationship with him, but often he will cause circumstances to come into our lives which will eventually cause separation from that person we love so dearly and drive us back into the arms of our Lord.

If you are struggling with a particularly close relationship which has left you hurt and confused, ask yourself if you have left your first love (Revelation 2:4) and invested too much of yourself in loving the other person.  Consider that perhaps the erosion of that relationship is God’s way of wooing you back to himself and protecting you from a far greater hurt down the road. 

God will take our deepest hurts and heal them with his redeeming love.  At some point in our lives he will allow us to love someone else so deeply that we catch a glimpse of the depth of God’s love for us.  But our earthly relationships, no matter how passionate and promising, will never compare with God’s amazing love for us.
Let God heal your broken heart today and invite him to be your first love.  You will never be disappointed in God’s love for you for it is an unfailing, unconditional, and everlasting love that no human can give.  Dare to give God your heart and he will give you his in return, for all eternity.  

...Looking heavenward, Beth let the string of the heart-shaped balloon she held slip through her fingers as she whispered, “Thank you, Jesus, for loving me through it all.  Lord, here is my heart – forever yours alone.”

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