There was no Journey Through the Psalms Friday today because…
I’m just coming out of a crisis. A crisis of colossal proportions. I started to write a Christian romance novel many weeks back, thinking I was answering a deep need. A need I didn’t realize was my own and not necessarily my readers’. I hit a snag a few days ago as I began to see the underlying meaning of it all. I had written short of 50,000 words and along the way, was getting more and more “involved” with my main characters that I felt I was living through them. Or wanted so much to live through them. You know, to feel the thrill of pure love and unadulterated romance in my veins once again.
But one night, I went to bed uttering short prayers even as my body succumbed to weariness and sleep. Why am I doing this? This is not good. And I knew then, that what I was really doing was looking for something to satiate the deep hunger and thirst inside me. How was that even possible? I had known that deep thirst before and the only One who could quench it. I had found my way to the well just as the Samaritan woman did.
But there were distractions, diversions along the journey.
People seek love. I believe no one’s exempted from this need. That’s why people devour romance novels and movies; spend hours in fantasies and daydreams. They look for it in their relationships and marriages and in the things they do. And yet, the hunger remains not fully satisfied. That’s because novels and movies are not reality and husbands can only do as much. They are men with weaknesses and flaws, too, not the dashing heroes we read about (for these are just products of the author’s own fantasies).
No. None of these will ever be enough. Because the truest truth is that: only JESUS can complete us. Only He can satiate the deep hunger. Only He can quench our thirst so that we’ll never thirst again.
We feast on the love story of Ruth and Boaz, how that Boaz redeemed Ruth and loved her completely; of Salmon and Rahab, how this Judean prince stormed the harlot’s chamber to deliver her and her family when the walls of Jericho came crumbling down, and later on making her his wife; even of Hosea and Gomer, how the faithful and obedient prophet married and loved the harlot Gomer unconditionally. We fall in love with them. But truth is, that is Jesus loving us! He is the Redeemer in Ruth, the Savior and Deliverer in the story of the Wall of Jericho, and the Lover of our unfaithful souls in Hosea who never gives up on us.
Jesus is the greatest love we could ever have. Our Defender, our Hero, our Champion, our King. He is our Bridegroom, we are His beloved Bride. And He loves us fiercely and intensely. Wouldn’t you want to be held in the everlasting arms of the Savior King?
Listen to this song and fall in love with Jesus all over again. (Consider turning off the music player found at the bottom of the side bar – thank you).
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Journey with Jesus,