by Janet Perez Eckles
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness. I will build you up again…” Jeremiah 31:4-5a NIV
A few years back, two girlfriends and I relaxed in the balcony of a hotel room, chatting about groups popular in the 1970’s. We swayed to the oldies, singing the lyrics with the same gusto as the year we wore bell bottoms.
We confessed: every one of us back then looked for The True Love. Each of us had a list of requirements for the husband of our dreams.
Back then, all traits on the list seemed crucial. Now, the fact that Mr. Right needed to be built with muscles of a football player seems sadly shallow. But whatever our secret list held, we all questioned: “Did we marry the man of our dreams? Are we sharing our home with the husband who displays true love?
How unrealistic. How immature of us to expect that the true love would be inside the man who said, “I do” at the altar. If any of us were tricked to thinking the perfect man wore that tuxedo beside us in church, disappointment was as sure as dirty dishes in the kitchen.
That delusion is the reason that happiness faded away in the darkness of long nights. And married bliss was lost in the hamper of dirty clothes.
The only true love comes from the man who wore but a cloth and displayed muscles ripped by lashes on the way to Calvary. And when we make Jesus our only true love, our husbands play the perfect role–our mate, our companion, and lifetime friend.
While swaying to the music of God’s divine, true love, in expectation we sing with joy. The exquisite blend of love and reassurance only Jesus brings echoes through our hearts. It’s the formula, divine and true, that brings peace to storms. Logic to life. And gives a colorful hue to married life.
And that life shines when we read what was tucked in the Valentine card God signed with His promise: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness. I will build you up again…” (Jeremiah 31:4-5a NIV).
Father, when life is broken, desires echo with emptiness, and we wonder how to find true love, your reassuring commitment soothes the anxiety and your reminder brings a new song to my life. Thank you for the love no one else can give and the promise no one else can keep. In Jesus’ name I thank you. Amen.
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About the author: Janet Perez Eckles helps thousands to look beyond circumstances and overcome fear. She is a best-selling author and international speaker. Her writing and virtual presentations help thousands turn their trials to successful, joy-filled lives.
Janet’s book, Hola, Happiness: Finding Joy by Dancing to the Melody of God’s Word is a brief Bible study to nudge you to the next level of triumph and joy. It is packed with deep reflections and answers from God’s Word. No matter what you face–disappointment, fear, heartache, shame, insecurity, sorrow–you will say “Hola” to happiness, peace, and the joy for which God created you.
Join the conversation: Whose promise of love fills your heart? Whose love do you count on?