There is a song that says ‘sparks fly, it’s like electricity, I might die. When I forget how to breathe, you get closer and there’s nowhere in this world I’d rather be.’ Obviously, I’m not a guy so I can’t speak for them, but as a female I can tell you that most of us have this sparks fly moment multiple times with all the guys. Each. One. Of. Them. OK, fine, maybe not each one, but oh so many. The problem is sparks don’t last forever. Just ask my sisters who this evening recounted many of the boys from my younger days that I thought the world revolved around. At least for a day or two I thought that! I’m not saying sparks are bad, I’m just saying that any relationship is hard, whether you have sparks or not. This is one of those I don’t have to be married to have some knowledge on the subject moment. I was talking to one of my friends the other day and she was saying exactly what I’m saying today. Marriage isn’t always rainbows and butterflies, it’s hard work. She said some days you don’t really even like the person you are married to, but you make a choice to love them anyway. She talked about how sometimes she doesn’t like what he does and he gets on her nerves at times.
I’ve thought about that and numerous other conversations recently and then begin to think about our relationship with Christ. Look at the line of the song posted at the beginning again. Is that similar to how we are at times with Christ? You just stood in awe and couldn’t think of anywhere else you’d want to be? Have you ever become so engulfed by God’s love that you never wanted to leave His side? Life was going so good! Each morning you woke up and felt His presence. Each day you turned to Him and allowed your relationship to deepen. Then something that you considered bad happened and you had to make a choice. Do you leave God or choose to stay and continue to love Him. When we think about our relationships with other people and see how we behave, we can look at our relationship with Christ and more often than not see the same. Do we choose to love like we should? Do we try to throw a fit or pout until we get our way? Do we put ourselves first? Do we leave and come back to our relationships over and over again?
The majority of the guys that my sisters mentioned were from when I was young, preteen years even. The guys didn’t do anything wrong, but I turned my head and saw glitter or a squirrel or who knows what else and moved on to the next cute guy I saw. How often is that how we treat God? We love Him momentarily, but He doesn’t really keep our attention or He allowed something bad to happen in our lives so we move on. We might be back later, but for the moment we’re done. The closer we are to Christ, the more we behave like Him. Since we behave more like Him, we see that played out in our relationships. Christ loved us enough to die on the cross. He loves us forever. Do we do Him the same? Do we choose to love Him even if we don’t feel like it? Do we choose to stay and serve Him even on the days that are bad? Do we turn our backs on Him and leave when He doesn’t do things our way?
Love is a choice. Do we choose to Love God?