Sometimes I'm not sure if Chelsea and I actually know what romantic means. For our first anniversary, we went away this last weekend to Charleston, South Carolina. That's romantic enough, but we ended up spending more time re-living history than doing "romantic" activities. We took an audio tour around the old city, visiting important sights from the revolutionary and civil war. We took a ferry ride out to Fort Sumter, the location of the beginning of the Civil War. We toured the USS Yorktown, an aircraft carrier built during World War II that became famous for picking up the astronauts of Apollo 8. And we went through a Vietnam experience, walking among the buildings and vehicles of a camp deep in the heart of Vietnam. We did find time, however, to eat at a couple of nice restaurants and wander through the shops and cobblestone streets that define iconic Charleston. I guess when it comes to marriage, it doesn't really matter what you're doing as long as you're with the person you love.

Ever since the beginning of time, God has wanted a relationship with His children. He walked and talked with Adam and Eve. But since sin entered the world, it has brought a separation between Him and us. He still tried to find ways to live with His people, though. He told Moses to build a sanctuary so He could dwell with His people. Even then, however, they had to come to Him in the center of the camp. So He finally sent His son, who lived among us. But sin still existed and Jesus had to return home to heaven. Yet He had paved the way for us to be able to spend eternity with God. In the book of Revelation we read, "I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, 'Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God'" (Revelation 21:3). Someday soon we will get to spend eternity with our best friend, our Creator and Redeemer. And it won't matter what we are doing because we will be with the Person we love. Aren't you looking forward to that day?

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