Yes...I did say God...AND Romance! I know it's not a common thought to connect the God of this universe with romance. Yet the Bible is full of love stories...all encompassing a main story where God is constantly pursuing a flawed people...you and me! And even though we push him away with our selfishness, wrong desires, and sin, He never quits pursuing.
"But then I will win her back once again. I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her there. I will return her vineyards to her and transform the Valley of Trouble into a gateway of hope. She will give herself to me there, as she did long ago when she was young, when I freed her from her captivity in Egypt. When that day comes,” says the Lord, “you will call me ‘my husband’ instead of ‘my master.’ O Israel, I will wipe the many names of Baal from your lips, and you will never mention them again. On that day I will make a covenant with all the wild animals and the birds of the sky and the animals that scurry along the ground so they will not harm you. I will remove all weapons of war from the land, all swords and bows, so you can live unafraid in peace and safety. I will make you my wife forever, showing you righteousness and justice, unfailing love and compassion. I will be faithful to you and make you mine, and you will finally know me as the Lord. “In that day, I will answer,” says the Lord. “I will answer the sky as it pleads for clouds. And the sky will answer the earth with rain. Then the earth will answer the thirsty cries of the grain, the grapevines, and the olive trees. And they in turn will answer, ‘Jezreel’—‘God plants!’ At that time I will plant a crop of Israelites and raise them for myself. I will show love to those I called ‘Not loved.’ And to those I called ‘Not my people,’ I will say, ‘Now you are my people.’ And they will reply, ‘You are our God!’” ~Hosea 2:14-23
How do I know God romances me? (This is unique to each person)
Just to name a few of the ways...
Rainbows on a stormy afternoon
Green grass at the onset of spring
Smells of spring
Love for music
Flower's delicate scents
Love of cooking and baking
Feel of soft sand on my feet
Appreciation of art and photography
I could go on and on, but you get my point. And how I know these romantic gifts come from the Lord is they are unique to my heart. Everyone has their different loves, and the Lord uses them to pursue your heart! Wow! Loving God is more than just obedience and regimen, it's about falling passionately in love with the God who created you and who desires to know you more intimately.
A lot of people say being a Christian can be boring...well, tell me how this exciting love story can be boring??!!! He has so much to give us, but we have to be willing to risk a relationship with Him to receive! Are you?