Deb del Villar wrote today’s post about her engagement … and gives us some good things to think about as she challenges not only herself, but all of us. “Do I think about the Lord as much as I thought about my husband-to-be?”
When the calendar page turns to February — many minds turn to LOVE. The focus on celebrating love is everywhere from grocery store shelves to media outlets. I naturally think more about it as well. This year as I thought about love – two thoughts came streaming in almost simultaneously!
The first was about my engagement to my husband. My mind wandered to what it was like in the weeks leading up to our engagement … and the year afterwards. The overarching memory? I wanted to spend every waking minute with him. I loved being with him, experiencing life and learning new things about him. Oh, there was so much to learn. Wait! Come to think of it — there still is!
But then a second competing thought that tumbled right in on top of that first one. Why do I not have that same hunger and thirst for getting to know God? Is He the first one I think of when I awake and the last one I think about when I lay my head down to sleep? This began times of contemplation as I sought what does it mean to engage with God.
This fueled my desire to become a student of God, patterning my desire for Him after my engagement with my husband-to-be. I must spend time, concentrated time, getting to know Him in all aspects. While I cannot see Him sitting across a table eating with me or riding in the car, taking a hike, bowling, or any other numerous things I do with my husband; I am assured that the Holy Spirit is within me at all times. He is right here.
God tells us the Holy Spirit is our counselor, our teacher, or comforter. God tells us He will never leave us, but will always be here for us. The Holy Spirit was closer to me than even my husband — He indwells me.
As my husband-to-be and I sat and spoke for hours, not even realizing the time; I wanted to deeply engage in God’s Word, listening to what He has to say and getting to know Him intimately. May your time spent together be cherished and relished as well as protected.
Think back to your engagement story – answer the what, where, when, why, and how questions. How does this relate to your falling in love with God? Share these thoughts with your children.
May this month, this year, be a time of great discovery and connection with God as you seek to know Him better, love Him more, and serve Him in greater ways. May you model this desire to engage deeply with God through His Word for the young people in your life. It is one relationship that is truly eternal and one that will continuously grow as you learn new things.
My prayer for you: “that your hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ.“ Colossians 2:2