When I was in my early 20’s, I was working a fulltime job during the day and finishing my bachelor’s degree at night. When I was almost finished with my degree, I needed to decide whether I wanted to get my master’s degree or not. I went to talk to my advisor, and she told me that I had to have a certain GPA in my major to transition from one to the other easily. She had my transcripts, and I had a B- in a class that I did not even remember taking which made me a borderline candidate for my master’s degree.
I did not remember taking that class and told her. I felt someone else’s grade was on my transcript. I had had an earlier incident involving tuition and classes from another woman who had my name. I was so upset. I needed to have that removed. I came home and told my husband what had happened. He told me I should not delay getting it fixed.
A few days later I found a course guide and looked at the description of the class. Then I remembered I HAD taken the class. I realized that I had taken it the semester I had just met my husband and had been in a “love haze” that whole semester and barely got through it. I was very embarrassed to have to admit it to my advisor.
Do you remember how it felt to fall in love so deeply that you just were not yourself? You go through the motions of life, but you are so focused on that one person that it consumes you. People that deal with you see that you are not always all there. The things you do are done, but perhaps not to your normal standard.
Being in love is as old as time. A famous love story from Genesis is the one of Jacob and Rachel. Jacob fell in love with Rachel at first sight. He was so smitten when he first saw her that he was able to remove a stone from a well that normally was a two or more-person job. He also ended up working 14 years for her father, so he could marry her. Genesis repeats several times that Jacob loved Rachel. You do not normally see that in an account in the Bible. To me that indicated that he was truly besotted and must have acted that way for a long time.
Love is so powerful that it enables us to do things we normally could not do on our own. It gives us both physical and mental strength that we did not have before. Love is all consuming – like a fire that burns out of control. It is hard and can cut through our hearts like a diamond does glass. When we truly love someone, that person becomes part of our being. It does not matter if its romantic love or parental love. It is a life changing force that sticks with us always – sometimes, even after that person is gone from our lives.
We may think that this kind of love is only for humans, but it is not. God loves us the same way. His love for us consumes Him and cuts into His heart. We are constantly on His mind and in His heart. He loves us so much that He came to Earth as Jesus to be human and be with us for a while, and then, died on the cross for our sins. He wanted us to be able to stand pure and holy enough to be in His perfect and holy presence always. For when you love, you want to be with that person. God wants to be with us. If we love Him back, it will change our lives for forever. It will be a love relationship that is stronger and more powerful than any other we have ever known.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16