|Jennifer Garner in 13 Going on 30|
Oh Love. Similar to prayer, love is a tough one to cover on this little blog. Like Madonna’s career through the years, love takes on many forms—God’s love for us, our love for God, our desire to be loved, our love for others, our lack of love for others…it’s hard to know where to start.
One great place to start with love is a form most women are all too familiar with: The Chick Flick. Who doesn’t love a good chick flick? Through the years, I’ve been supported by my friends While You Were Sleeping, How to Lose A Guy In 10 Days, 13 Going on 30, and My Best Friend’s Wedding. Whenever I needed a friend, they were faithful to support me and make me long for and believe in love.
One of the reasons I think Elizabeth Gilbert’s journey in Eat, Pray, Love has become so wildly successful is that after a year of traveling and rediscovering herself, not only does she find herself, but she finds love again. Just what we want to see! Her story would not be nearly as sexy if after traveling the world, she went back to her apartment and lived alone. But instead, she finds a hunky Brazilian and they travel the world. How’s that for a love story?
We love love. We love the idea of being desired, cared for, and then whisked away into “happily ever after land.”
The thing about the romantic love we idealize and long for is that in reality, it’s not the fairytale we envision. Human love is broken and imperfect. Have you ever noticed that nearly all chick flicks end as they walk off into “happily ever after” but never show what happily ever after entails? Rarely do we see the couple into marriage, because in real life, we are imperfect and marriage can be tough—reality is rarely the happy go-lucky-story we’re wired to believe in.
In our sermon last week, our pastor Tommy referenced our obsession with movies full of true love and said that“humans are not capable of true love and yet we long for it.”
Where is this true love to be found? I’m so glad you asked!
We long for true love, but only One is perfectly capable of meeting this void in our hearts. So much so, that we could spend our entire lives meditating on this Love and still not scratch the surface.
This Love is perfect. This Love knows no limits. This Love is high, deep, wide, and long. This Love draws us in, captures our hearts and meets us where we are. The Love will never leave us or forsake us. This Love is everlasting. This Love saves us, forgives us, and freely gives us mercy when we have done nothing to deserve it. The Love supports, protects, comforts, and satisfies. This Love thinks we are perfectly beautiful.
There is nothing on this earth that will ever come close to comparing to the love of our Heavenly Father. Today, may you be completely swept away by His love for you.