Today we have a guest post from Anna Peters over at Anna Leigh!!!
God recently affirmed His love for me, and I saw Him with fresh eyes. For a short time, I found myself in a relationship. A guy liked me, I liked him, and we became “a thing.” It was the first time a guy expressed actual interest in me and wanted me to be “his girl.” I felt over-the-moon giddy with excitement and flattered that someone thought me beautiful and worthy enough to like.
Our relationship ultimately ended out of respect for my parents’ desire for me not to date or be “a thing” with a guy yet. Through this experience, God opened my eyes to His love and adoration for me. If I feel so loved and adored by this guy, how much more does my heavenly Father love and adore me? I know the fickle human infatuation I experienced holds no candle to God’s enormous, fierce love.
Yet, this world deceives us with many lies, and I often fall prey to their destructive traps. I believed my worth came from a guy, my friends, and my ability to look and act a certain way. I counted on things in this world to make me feel loved and adored, but nothing is farther from the truth. God gently reminded me how He feels about me:
The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy (Zep 3:17, NASB).
But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (Eph 2:4-5, NASB).
God’s ultimate display of love arrived in the form of a tiny babe. My mind cannot fully grasp that an all-powerful, holy God loved me enough to step down from His high position, become human, and die for me. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends (Jn 15:13).
The world says we need a guy or a girl or other earthly things to experience happiness, and I believed it myself. God placed a longing for love and attention within each of us to draw us to Himself. This world leaves us empty and its attractions never last. God alone ultimately satisfies our longings. I struggle against my sinful human nature and emotions that overtake my heart and mind, but God’s love remains unconditional, no matter how many times I slip.
As the whirlwind Christmas season approaches with all of its business, I pray we remember God’s wild, reckless love for us this season and always.
Anna Peters loves all things Christmas, coffee, mint chocolate, and Jesus. She strives to encourage others through the lessons God teaches her in everyday life, in hopes that it will uplift those around her. You can find her on her blog, Anna Leigh, or on Instagram at annaleighblog.