I came across this video while I was watching a favorite video of mine by the same person about women being empowered. You can watch it here.
Let me just say…wow.
It talks about four different stories in the Bible that love is at the center.
Jacob who works for 7 years to get to marry Rachel, only to be given Leah instead. So he worked another 7 years so he could have the woman he loves. That is pursuing at its finest.
I mean, in my short dating experience, most guys give up at the first sign of work. It’s all fine and dandy the first few dates, then they stop opening the door for you and think that paying half of the dinner is fine. I mean….really?
But God gives us an image of working hard for what you want. Jacob wanted Rachel. He loved her desperately. So he worked his tail off so he could have the honor of being called her husband.
Hosea and Gomer. The most unlikely pair in my opinion, but I can definitely relate to Gomer. Hosea was a prophet and God gave him the calling to marry the prostitute Gomer. (Side note: I don’t relate to Gomer for that reason) Hosea married Gomer and loved her fiercely, but she kept running away. She kept giving pieces of herself away, but Hosea kept loving her.
That is love. I can totally relate to running away from something great. Fear makes us do that. We fear good things because we start to believe that good things don’t happen to us.
It’s not a comfortable way of thinking, but I know I’m not the only one. I am one of millions who think that way.
Hosea’s love for Gomer is a love that is comparable to God’s love for us. We run away when things get hard. We give up so easily for something that is so wonderful.
And the truth is, that’s where I am right now.
I have struggled immensely with seeing myself the way God sees me. Which causes me to act like Gomer and run away to hide in my sin and shame.
The video next talks about Solomon and his beloved. When you read it as an adult and break down what Solomon says in the Bible….it can be embarrassing. But it’s beautiful.
He loved his beloved so much that he had to write about it. He had to shout it to everyone that his love surpassed everything.
His reaction is what ours as believers should be. His love is powerful, just as God’s love for us is. We should want to declare it until we are blue in the face.
What a beautiful image of love.
Finally, the video talks about the church being the Bride of Christ. We are. We are the Bride of Christ. And we should live that way. Be proud of our status. Declare the Word of the Lord wherever we go.
But we don’t.
We struggle. We fight. We run. We hide.
We are not proud in our love and faith, but scared to be seen as different. To not be liked.
This video spoke volumes to me. It made me remember how loved I am, and the kind of love that I deserve by the one who God has created for me. What a beautiful sight.
And love….love can make you do crazy things.