Do you fall in love with the stories of characters in a movie? Or in the book you are reading? Or even that cute couple in the brand new music video you just watched on YouTube?
I do. I love love stories.
My sister and I love watching good chick flicks and mysteries. The ones where the heroines fall in love with the boy next door or the detective that swoops in to save them once they’ve solved the case. We long for a man who will pursue us to the ends of the earth like Wesley did in The Princess Bride. We love the stories where the Prince marries the commoner. Or the handsome detective sweeps in and saves the damsel in distress.
My little brother will walk into the living room when we’re watching those movies and roll his eyes, “You know how this is going to end up right?? They fall in love and get married! It’s the same thing, over and over again.”
And isn’t that the best part? Love always wins. The movies always end with a wedding or a celebration.
There’s something about love stories that draws us in. The pursuit. The challenge. The suspense. The drama. The mystery. The redemption. We cry, we laugh and we cheer as we fall in love with the love story. The love stories in our favorite books, tv shows, movies + magazines captivate our imaginations and enliven our hope.
Admit it, even if you weren’t into princesses or fairy tales, from the time you were little you longed to be loved like the heroines in all of your favorite books and movies. You wanted to see love conquer all.
We all have a desire to be cherished, to be loved, to be cared for. Deep in the very core of your being, you want to believe that there is someone out there who will love you immensely. That there is someone out there in the world who wants you. Someone who will pursue you to the edges of the earth. Someone who will know you completely and chooses to love you anyway. Someone who loves you for who you are, not what you do and not because of what you look like.
What if I told you that you are already loved immensely? That you are already in the middle of your very own epic love story? That your bride-groom has already come once and is coming again? Your own love story is unfolding right this very minute.
You are chosen. Loved. Cherished. Adored.
The God of the entire universe knew you before you were even formed in your mother’s womb. He carefully and thoughtfully created you to be unique-there has never been and will never be anyone else just like you. He numbered every single one of your hairs, he made your nose, he perfectly crafted your smile. He gave you your gifts and your talents. He is perfect. He doesn’t make mistakes.
He knew all of your days before you even took your first breath. He knows every single thought you have before you even speak it and every dream before you could ever dream it. From the very beginning you were known, you were chosen. He, the perfect bride-groom, is pursuing you with the perfect proposal. He knows you completely and loves you immensely.
You are invited into the marriage covenant with God. And you are invited to the marriage feast of the Lamb.
You are not only invited, but you are the bride, and your bride-groom is pursuing you, loving you, sanctifying you.
The Lord rejoices over you.
The Creator of the universe chooses you.
He enters into a Covenant with you.
And it will never be broken. Because not only does he enter into a covenant with you, he fulfills the covenant with you himself.
And when Jesus comes back again, you will be glorified (free from the presence of sin). And the marriage supper will commence. A celebration with your Lord + Savior. Oh what JOY that will be.
He will never stop loving you. The Lord is forever faithful. He always keeps his covenant.
How will you respond to this truth? That you are loved and cherished immensely and perfectly by a loving Savior who sent His one and only son to die on a cross so that you might be his bride? How does that change the way that we study our Bible?
Caroline (@caromedlin) is the founder of The Grace Scripts (@thegracescripts). She is a firm believer in adoption + loves intentional conversations. She is a senior at Middle Tennessee State University + majoring in Marketing. She plans to move to Louisville to attend Southern Seminary in the Spring of 2019, but for now calls Nashville home.