Monday, June 13, 2016
True Love || The Pursuit ||
Jolly good Monday, everybody! I find Mondays are easier to bear when we go forth with a mindset of adventure and purpose. What beautiful things can be accomplished and created this day? What people can be encouraged and met where they are?
Anyway, I know I've been a horrible promise-keeper in saying I would be diligent in blogging regularly and I feel this quite deeply. The weeks have been slipping through the cracks in my fingers.
But wait no more, for here is another installment of the True Love series!
Part one can be found here:
True Love || The One ||
Love stories throughout the centuries often depict a young woman as a person to be won over by the handsome young man. He pursues her and in the process woos her into his love.
As young women, we expect this to be part of our love story one day. We look and wait for that young man who will see something beautiful in us and wish to pursue us further and get to know us and, in the process woo us. This is okay and this is good.
Young men, however, are expected to be the only one doing the pursuing. While, yes, they should pursue and honor and woo the young lady, they can't be expected to be the only one doing everything.
In order for love to grow, it must be a two way pursuit.
When a spark of love is found by two people, it's easy to get swept into that and have the desire and need of pursuit met completely by that person. This, however, is unhealthy. In no way is the pursuit of oneself by another human being on this earth going to meet one's needs to be wooed and pursued and loved. When a lot of stock is put on that one person pursuing you, you're setting yourself up for disappointment.
What is so easy to forget but oh-so-important to remember is the truth that Jesus Christ is constantly pursuing you. His Love for you never ends. If your significant other is having trouble keeping up the constant pursuit of your affections, Jesus Christ isn't. Jesus Christ's pursuit of us never ends. His Love covers a multitude of wounds (even the wounds that are inflicted by non-pursuit).
He is our First Love and Greatest Love Story. He is the Author of every story. Every single one of our needs can be met in Him if we let them be. Every single one of your needs cannot be met by another person--this goes for male and female. Whether being pursued or not, that is not where your worth or identity of Love is found. Your worth and identity in Love is found in Christ Jesus who never gives up on you and is constantly wooing you with His strength and peace and hope and joy and forgiveness.
We are the apple of His eye--His children and He covers us with Love because we are in His heart and in the middle of His plan. We are called dearly beloved and cherished by our King who sees every single one of our faults and shortcomings but still chases after us to bring us into Love and Light and Life.
When we lose sight of His strong, quiet, beautiful, amazing Love for us we lose sight of the Greatest Treasure of all. It is that although we might be hurt by others (even those that we adore to the utmost), we can come with those hurts to God and understand that His Love and pursuit of us never, ever ends and He will always bring us back into His Heart (actually, we've never even left).
"He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye..." Deutoronomy 32:10
"Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast." Psalm 139:7-10
"The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in His Love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing." Zephaniah 3:17