It’s the little things, you know. I asked Jesus to romanticize me (I found out you CAN do such a thing—it’s allowed!), and you know what? He did! In the book “Captivating,” Stasi Eldredge says, “Every song you love, every memory you cherish, every moment that has moved you to holy tears has been given to you from the one who has been pursuing you from your first breath in order to win your heart” (119). Have you ever thought about it this way before? I had a discussion with some of my friends at how different areas of the USA seem to see God differently. Here in the Midwest, we tend to focus on his LOVE. And we agreed that if someone was to sum the Bible up in one word, it would be LOVE. My friend Sarah said that every verse in the Bible can be traced back to love if you dig deep enough.
And this romancing isn’t for women alone, though we tend to delight in it and make a bigger deal of it more publicly than most guys I know. It is we (all of us) who must choose to even open our hearts and pray for eyes to see God’s romanticizing in the first place. He is always doing things to make us smile or to make our day. Eldredge continues, “This romancing is immensely personal. It will be as if it has been scripted for YOUR heart. He knows what takes your breath away, knows what makes your heart beat faster” (119).
I have really been noticing God’s romancing this week. On Monday, I ordered a dark mocha from the Huddle, as I do every day. They were a little busy, so I was patient. When she started making the peppermint mocha on the waiting list after mine, somebody asked her if she had started the dark mocha on the list yet. She looked right at me and apologized. “I’m getting you a large instead of a medium today!” she said. That doesn’t just happen on a normal day! On Tuesday, it got up to 69 degrees here, and the sun was shining. It was so beautiful! On Wednesday, I was really worried about a test and a lesson, both for which I hadn’t prepared enough for. But, I aced the test, and my lesson didn’t go as badly as I worried it might. On Thursday at physical therapy, my therapist mentioned how much stronger I’m getting. Sometimes, I don’t see God at work in my life. But other times, or times when I look back on it, I see that he did something just to make me smile, to pursue me, to romance me.
Have you ever considered God pursuing you? Have you seen his romancing in your life? How?
Smiling REALLY big, Anna =)^2