Thursday, September 6, 2012

Divine Romance

Last week I was reminded again that God deeply desires intimacy with me. Not only does He desire it, but He pursues me fiercely. I was in a funk last week and I let myself become numb to this truth. I was overwhelmed with classes and work. Mostly I was struggling with being single.

I didn’t struggle with this over the summer, so I was flustered with myself for being discontent now. It started to creep in when I moved back to school. It seemed like everywhere I looked on campus there was a couple holding hands or making starry eyes at each other. I started to notice how many girls had an engagement ring on their left hand. I wondered when God would bring my guy into my life. With all that’s within me I want God to script every detail of my earthly love story, but part of my heart also longs for His timing to align with mine. I want to have a man after His heart enter my life and pursue me. I want to grow in love with this man who will one day win my heart. These desires aren’t inherently bad because I do believe that God has placed them in my feminine heart. BUT, they were starting to consume my thoughts…they were becoming an idol.

Last week as these longings reached a climax I walked into my bedroom after a long day and saw this…

sunset

I was so overwhelmed by the beauty that I sat on my bed and just stared. Although God didn’t audibly speak to me, I felt like He was whispering “I am here. I am pursuing you. Always.” In that moment as the sunset slowly slipped away I was reminded again that I am the bride pursued. I have a divine romance with the same God who has painted every sunset. He pursues me even when I shut myself off from Him. He pursues you just as fiercely.

God woos us...."Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her." -Hosea 2:14

God always comes..."Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge Him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth." -Hosea 6:3

God finds you to be beautiful..."How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes behind your veil are doves..." -Song of Songs 4:1

God is in love with us..."You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride; you have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace." -Song of Songs 4:9

God longs for us to spend time with Him...."..Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me." Song of Songs 2:13

I discovered this a few years ago, and it captures what’s on my heart…

“Everyone longs to give themselves completely to someone; to have a deep soul relationship with another; to be loved thoroughly and exclusively. But God says, "No, not until you satisfied, fulfilled, and content with being loved by Me alone, and with having intensely personal and unique relationship with Me alone, discovering that only in Me is your satisfaction to be found; only then will you be capable of the perfect human relationship that I have planned for you. You will never be united with another until you are united with Me. Exclusive of anyone else, exclusive of any other desires or longings, I want you to stop planning, stop wishing, and allow Me to give you the most thrilling plan existing, one that you cannot imagine. I want you to have the best. Please allow me to bring it to you. You just wait. That's all. Don't be anxious. Don't worry. Don't look around at the things others have gotten or that I've given them. Don't look at the things you think you want. Just keep looking off and away up to Me or you'll miss what I want to show you. And then, when you're ready, I'll surprise you with a love far more wonderful than you could dream of. You see, until you are ready (I am working even at this moment to have both of you ready at the same time), until both of you are satisfied exclusively with Me and the life I have planned for you, you won't be able to experience the love that exemplifies your relationship with Me; and this perfect love. And, dear one, I want you to have this most wonderful love; I want you to see in the flesh a picture of your relationship with Me, and to enjoy materially and concretely the love that I offer you with Myself. Know that I love you utterly. I am God. Believe and be satisfied."

I leave you with this today…I urge you to soak in the lyrics.

for the blog... by ssheph03 on Grooveshark

9 comments:

Megan said...

Beautiful photo! Waiting on God's timing in anything is SO hard! You're doing a fabulous job turning to His word for comfort.

Thanks for sharing! Have a fabulous day!

Ameera (أميرة) said...

This photo is absolutely gorgeous! It makes me so happy to hear how God is working in your life. Thank you for sharing :)

Ariel said...

Love this! I feel like this is a huge struggle in all our single women's lives. But all of this is so true. Because how can we even think of falling in love on Earth when we have yet to be lost in the consuming and incredible love the God offers us. Great post. Thank you for sharing!

Erin Marie said...

Samantha thanks for sharing this! I know your words inspire and encourage so many people -- especially women dealing with the same things you are! And you are so right. Our all-consuming relationship with the Father is more fulfilling than anything else in the world.

Katie Cook said...

you are so beautiful Sam...your heart just overflows a genuineness that is so refreshing! I remember my senior year in college going through these same feelings, and reading Captivating and learning about how God longs to romance us! and then a three years later God brought kevin into my life:) it's worth the wait sweet girl, it is SOOOO worth the wait:) love Katie

courtney said...

oh my goodness, that rick pino song has always been a favorite of mine! our God is Romantic One! our desire to be pursued and to take part in romance is one of the ways we are created in His image...and yes, He satisfies this within us! love this post.

L.A. said...

I absolutely love this meditation. It's always tucked in my Bible, so whenever I'm struggling with the place where God has me, I always have that reminder of his love for me. His love for all of us. :)

Hope your school year is going well thus far! I cannot wait to hear all about it! :)

amanda marie said...

I LOVE this post! You are so worth the wait and God will bring the perfect guy to you when you are ready!

I know I met Dan at a point where I was so content with myself being single and enjoying life, I almost didn't want a guy, then there he was! Funny how the Lord works!

Jenna Secrist said...

oh, i love love LOVE this! your heart is so pure and sweet. i'm going back to read this post again after i'm done commenting. it is THAT good.

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