Love stories fascinate us as humans. We are obsessed with the pursuit of the "happily ever after." The intrigue and mystery of a budding romance captivates us. They are the plot lines of every major motion picture and every story worth writing down. I have to admit that I'm not any different. I love the idea of love and especially enjoy it when it happens to someone I care about. This week I was privileged to be there as my brother, Seth, asked his girlfriend to marry him. As he got down on one knee and Agnes said yes, I have to admit that there were a few tears welling up and spilling over. It's such an exciting moment and while I know that love is hard work and marriage isn't easy, I know that, with God's help, their marriage will be amazing.
Maybe we love love stories because we are all caught up in the greatest love story ever known: the love story between God and His people. There's a beautiful passage in Isaiah where God says, "You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, Nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate; But you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; For the Lord delights in you, And your land shall be married. For as a young man marries a virgin, So shall your sons marry you; And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, So shall your God rejoice over you" (Isaiah 62:4, 5). As with any relationship, love is hard work and a relationship with God isn't easy. But the good news is that God is there to help us every step of the way and very soon we will enjoy the marriage supper of the Lamb. I can't wait for that day!