Tuesday, October 16, 2012

When we are Wooed

"What we need is someone who will pursue us and accept us even though we're flawed." - Renee Swope, A Confident Heart

Flashback to the days of our youth for a minute. Remember how one friend would inform another of a certain boy's interest in them? This boy may not have even been on the radar prior to this knowledge. However, this new awareness of his pursuit alerts the senses to his every move. Thoughts are filled a little more than they used to be with the-boy-who-woos. It feels good to be desired, wanted, sought after...
The ultimate goal of wooing someone is that their feelings will blossom as yours already have and they'll fall head-over-heels in love with you. That's what God does with us. It's very much like God is flirting with us, in hopes that we'll fall deeply in love with Him. He doesn't sit around waiting for us to decide if we really want to partner with Him. He is actively working in our lives, drawing us to Himself, constantly.

God loves you more than you could ever really imagine. Once you realize He is in pursuit of you, everything points to Him. A beautiful sunset, a song on the radio, a note from a friend... they all cue in to the fact that God cares. Everywhere we turn, there are suddenly tangible examples of God's desire for us.

The bottom line is that none of us deserve His love. It doesn't matter. He loves us anyway. That's the awesome thing about a relationship with God. We NEVER have to doubt His love for us. He knows more about us than we probably understand about ourselves... and He loves us anyway, unconditionally. (Psalm 139)

The idea that God seeks our favor, attention and love is tremendous. Do you see the evidence of God's wooing in your life? Once you do, what will you do about it? Do you just enjoy the attention He gives or will you accept the invitation for an intimate relationship with Him?
"If God is the Pursuer, the Ageless Romancer, the Lover, then there has to be a Beloved, one who is the pursued. This is our role in the story." - Brent Curtis & John Eldredge, The Sacred Romance
"We love because he first loved us." (1 John 4:19)
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." (James 1:17)


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