Saturday, February 13, 2010

Finding the “ONE”

It Is that time of year as Valentine's Day approaches that we are inundated with images of love and finding that perfect some”ONE” who will make our heart dance and fulfill our hearts deepest desire. There are love songs and romantic movies galore giving rise to expectations that “if” we could just find the “ONE” all would be well in the world. We could face any obstacle or hardship that life throws at us. We could climb any mountain or swim any ocean if we just had the “ONE” by our side, giving us the assurance of there constant love, support, and strength. Oh how our souls leap at the prospect of this kind of love. Regardless of how sappy or unrealistic our minds might find the idea of there being that “ONE” who will give us the unconditional love we crave, fill all our emptiness, and heal all our brokenness, our hearts refuse to relent and instead continues to cling with hope beyond all hope to its reality. It feels so real, it feels so right, and surely it must be true! There must be “ONE” out there somewhere made just for me!

Unfortunately, when two people come together, both expecting the others love to fulfill all their needs, and make them happy and whole, they are on a collision course with disaster. The close and personal dynamics of marriage and intimate relationships does much more to expose and highlight our brokenness than it does to heal it. The love and support of a mate is a wonderful thing, but it can never make us whole or heal our emptiness. Marriage was never designed to do that, and thus that expectation puts undue and unrealistic pressure upon our mate and the relationship, thus causes many to fail.

It is right however that our souls cry out with such longing passion, for the “ONE” who will give us this unconditional love our hearts so desire. For such a love is indeed a truth that can be obtained, however not in the ”Barry White”, or “Sleepless in Seattle” sort of way. The “ONE” that our hearts are longing for, the “ONE” that we are dreaming of, is not your typical lover. He is not the Greek god type with the great tan and the rock hard abs, or the goddess with the blue eyes and the long flowing hair. No, our “Lover“, the “ONE” our heart desires is none other than the great “I Am” himself, the creator Jesus Christ. Jesus is the only “ONE” who truly understands us and gives us unconditional love. He is the only “ONE” who can see inside our heart and heal all our brokenness. He is the only “ONE” who can fill up all our empty places and makes us whole. He is the only “ONE” who can give our life true meaning and everlasting purpose.

Jesus is the “ONE” you have been looking for all your life. Without Him you will never truly know or experience what true love is. No flesh relationship will ever meet your need or be what it was meant to be without Him. Regardless of the stuffy religious images many of us have of God regarding intimacy, He is not really like that at all. Who do you think invented romance and sex in the first place? Jesus is a very passionate lover who not only longs to be with us, but longs to give Himself “to” us as well. Listen to what He says to us in the Song of Songs chapter 4. “How beautiful you are, my darling. How beautiful you are! Your eyes are like doves behind your veil…Your lips are like a scarlet thread, and your mouth is lovely…You are altogether beautiful, my darling, and there is no blemish in you. Come with me from Lebanon, my bride, may you come with me…You have made my heart beat faster, my sister, my bride. You have made my heart beat faster with a single glance of your eyes, with a single strand of your necklace. How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much better is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your oils than all kinds of spices! Your lips, my bride, drip honey; Honey and milk are under your tongue, and the fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon. You are a garden spring, a well of fresh water, and streams flowing from Lebanon.”

Meditate on that awhile. The creator of all the universe thinks you are “altogether beautiful” and sees “no blemish in you.” His “heart beats faster” at the mere sight of you. Or as the amplified Bible says it “you have ravished my heart.” Think on that, “you have ravished Gods heart.” Selah. Oh how he loves you, and desires to “share” deep intimacy with you. He wants to know you and be known by you. So won’t you let Jesus be your lover this Valentine's Day. Make Him your “one” and only, for He is the “ONE.”