Once upon a time there was a 23 year old girl who loved blue ink pens, pumpkin spice lattes, camping and Hallmark movies.
She loved the Lord more than anything in the world and would be perfectly content curled up with a good book and a steaming cup of coffee as the hours ticked by, or perhaps just a journal and an ink pen (preferably blue) by the fireplace.
In fact, that’s where the following blog was conceived. She hopes it encourages you.
Hallmark movies are so wholesome and sweet and, although thoroughly predictable, I genuinely look forward to watching each new movie they produce. I get swept up in the (predictable) love story, the quirky characters and the impossible situation which true love always overcomes.
Today, as I was washing dishes I realized those movies probably weren’t the best thing for my heart.
I mean, they are nothing more than fairy tales. Fictional stories. Nothing but unrealistic fantasies that cause women (and maybe men?) to set standards for a relationship/marriage so high no human could possibly reach.
And, as I continued washing the casserole pans and giant pumpkin-carving knives, it hit me. No, not the knives, thankfully, but the realization that even though I’m single, I’m a part of a love story that puts even the greatest fairy tales to shame.
God, the Creator of the Universe, has redeemed me from my sins, my morality and my good works–which were taking me straight to hell–and lifted me from that path to destruction and sat my foot firmly on the rock- Jesus. Now that very same God, the One who called stars into being and who took the death I deserved, calls me His bride.
What? Yeah. I’m the bride of Christ.
And what a wedding feast it will be when He returns for His Church. We really will live happily ever after.
What a celebration of love.
What a Savior.
What a marriage.
“Fear not, for you will not be ashamed;
be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced;
for you will forget the shame of your youth,
and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.
For your Maker is your Husband,
the LORD of hosts is His name;
and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer,
the God of the whole earth He is called.(Isaiah 54:4-5 ESV)