A Living Love Story

“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting! And let all the people say, “Amen!” Praise the Lord!”

Psalms 106:48

Are you aware that your Bible is a love story? It is not just a love story mind you, it is the love story of all love stories. Sixty-six books with countless storylines that when woven together equal the greatest love story ever known. How many ways do love and devotion need to be spelled out before we get it? I am one who thoroughly enjoys a good love story, and the more complex the plot surrounding it, the better I like the movie.

Consider some classic love stories like “Sleepless in Seattle”, where two people, one living in N.Y. City and the other in Washington State come to find each other through life’s tragedies and a call-in radio program. How about the movie “Sabrina”? A chauffeurs daughter grows up living a fantasy of falling in love with the youngest son of the wealthy family who employs her father. In the end, she falls in love with the older brother whom it appears all throughout the movie to be rescuing her and ends up being the one rescued. It’s a classic love story, to say the least.

How about the movie, “A Walk To Remember” that brings together a wholesome young girl named Jamie who has deep convictions regarding her faith along with a creative mind and a sense of adventure that helps her see in life what others often miss. She falls for a boy (Landon) who represents everything she is not, almost opposites and yet by fate their lives intersect and they fall in love only to discover she is dying of an incurable disease.

Before Jamie dies Landon marries her and they spend the last year together fulling items on her “Bucket List”. In the end, she dies but in the process, her love transforms a young and restless boy into a man overflowing with love and devotion. One of my three favorite lines from the movie is when Landon says, “Jamie saved my life. She taught me everything. About life, hope and the long journey ahead. I’ll always miss her. But our love is like the wind. I can’t see it, but I can feel it.”

Lastly, there is the movie, “Last of the Mohicans” where two young lovers are forced to separate in order to survive and yet before they do a command and a promise is offered. In that famous scene under the waterfall before Hawkeye dives into the rapids below to escape his captors he says to the woman he loves, Cora, “No, you submit, do you hear? You be strong, you survive… You stay alive, no matter what occurs! I will find you. No matter how long it takes, no matter how far, I will find you.” It’s a heartbreaking but powerful moment where love is declared in what it was always intended to be, everlasting.

All the movies above have a common thread in them, love. Love is powerful, and true love is stronger than death in that a man who loves is willing to die for the one He loves if need be. Even in the cases where death was not required we see a willingness to give up everything for love's sake. To me, all these movies point to a greater reality, the love of God that is ours in Jesus Christ. That’s what true love should do to us. When we experience love it should remind us of God and cause our eyes to see Him more clearly for the simple fact, God is love. You see, loved one, fantasy is birthed in reality and every love story known to man stems from the greatest love story, the love of God for His creation and His willingness to go to any length to redeem the object of His love, namely, me and you!

Take some time and think about this today. The bible is our love story. You and I are the ones in need of rescuing and Jesus came into this world to save us. Jesus love for you was so great He was willing to die so that you and I could live. The good news is that death doesn’t have to separate us from Jesus, actually, death is what ultimately brings us to Him.

We understand that in this life-death separates us from those we love, yet in Christ, death is the very thing that unites us to Him. And rightly so. Consider this. If the highest proof of a man or woman’s love is their willingness to die for one another, isn’t it only fitting then that it is in Christ Jesus death is what unites us in love forever with Him? Remember, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. To give our lives for the love of God, to literally die a physical death, and then to open our eyes after we step from this life to the next and to be looking in the eyes of the One who loved us and gave Himself for us. I mean can the love story get any better than that! To know that nothing, not even death itself can separate us from the love of God that is ours in Jesus! What an amazing story and to know it’s not a movie or some fictional story but is 100% true!

Today is a new day, another scene in God’s love story and you and I have starring roles, as well as supporting roles. Presently, Jesus is preparing a place for us, and one day He will come again for us. He also promised to never leave us nor forsake us and the best news of all for you and me who are in Christ today is found in Romans chapter 8 which declares, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” Talk about a love story. And to think, our love story only gets better as we are one day closer than when we first believed.

Consider what the apostle Paul writes to us that hopefully will help you and me conjure up in the theatre of our mind a beautiful scene of our own love story. Its found in Romans 8:38-39 which says, “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Wow. Now, do you believe in happy endings? If not, you should.

“The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.”

Jeremiah 31:3

I LOVE YOU!

Michael Osthimer

Recent

Archive

 2019

Categories

no categories

Tags

no tags