This is my love story. And this post isn’t what you think it is.
We’ve heard it many times before…”Don’t give up on love” and “Love will find a way”…usually from a friend trying to comfort and encourage in response to a relationship gone wrong or to no relationships going nowhere. I’ve been there. And for what seemed to be years (probably because they were years).
I had finally gotten over the thought in my own head that I was a failure for not being able to make my first marriage “work”. And I settled into (and actually started to enjoy) the idea of being a single mom, living alone and remembering what my favorite color was after forgetting who I was before life happened. And it suddenly happened that I truly embraced the reality that true love exists. And that it is real, even for me.
I got caught up in the notion of The One. This magical person assigned by God for this woman of God. He wouldn’t be perfect, but he would be perfect for me and me for him. The One was placed high up on a pedestal because if it was meant to be, then it would obviously complete me. It would fall perfectly and naturally in place without resistance. After all, real love never fails right? It is patient and kind and doesn’t keep record of wrongs. Well, I just have to say that whoever wrote the love scriptures surely wasn’t talking about any kind of love I’ve experienced!
Don’t get me wrong, I wholeheartedly believe in having a soulmate. Boy, do I ever! But it wasn’t until I fully embraced true love that I found it. Right in front of me. Ready and willing to be absolutely everything I needed and wanted. It wasn’t found in a man, but it lied within everything that God is. God is love…in it’s purest form. And it is in that love (God’s love) that I am complete and made whole. I’ve always known this for the most part, but it was made real through the journey (the mind-blowing, ridiculous and miraculous journey) that God has had me on over the past 5 years that finally connected me to my soulmate.
It was almost 5 years ago that God showed me who my husband would be. At the time, I only knew his name and we didn’t even speak until a year later. And I thought God had lost His mind! Some days I wake up with the same thought. Little did I know that God would use this man (and even the few I loved in-between) to show me the true meaning of unconditional love (everything we are NOT) and faith in God…love. Honestly, the journey has been hard and stepping into a life where I completely trust and have full faith in God’s love will be one of hardest things I’ve done.
I’ve been married for 6 months now. I honestly don’t think it’s possible to convey how big of a deal this is and how much of a testimony to God’s power, faithfulness and love. It is a miracle in every sense of the word.
Miracle – a highly improbable or extraordinary event, development, or accomplishment; an event that appears to be unexplainable, impossible and inexplicable by the laws of nature (or man) and so is held to be supernatural in origin or an act of God.
The two of us coming together as husband and wife and fulfilling God’s prophecy is the true definition of a miracle and the manifestation of His love. This is my love story…not about a man and a woman, but about a woman and an amazing God. This is why I say don’t give up on love. Love won’t give up on you.
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. – I Corinthians 13:4-7
Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless. – I Corinthians 13:8-10
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