Romantic comedies are predictable – boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back. Classics have quirky real life characters, with complicated lives, requiring major adjustments. The most memorable take the audience on a series of twists and turns, frustrating and drawing us into the characters’ struggles; with well-timed comedic relief to break the tension and keep us moving forward. The story doesn’t end until we’re practically begging for a neat, clean, perfect happily ever after.
The Bible is no exception. It is full of love and comedy; which means it is also full of conflict along with the most awesome perfect happily ever after; if we’re bold enough to turn, look and run into His arms.
Love is never as simple or natural as portrayed by Hallmark. True love is complicated, it involves conflict and requires a mediator-God. Did you know there is an owners manual for love? God’s instruction manual-the Bible teaches anyone who dares to open it up how to love; how to give and receive true love.
While I might write instruction manuals for a living, I usually only read them when I have a problem. I’m not as proactive as I’d like to be. I always allow Satan to fool me into thinking I’m smart enough to figure it out on my own. Let the comedy begin-LOL!
Why didn’t God set our default button to love? I have no idea but it’s obvious that it isn’t- we have the free choice to love or not love. Just ask any of the unloved, rejected, hurt, blamed or murdered…Eve, Abel, Hagar, Leah…or Sarah.
Sarah and Abraham always crack me up. In Genesis chapter 20, Abraham tries to pass his elderly wife Sarah off as his sister to save his own life. Does Abraham come to her rescue? No. God comes to her rescue and Abraham is richly rewarded as a result.
Love must be learned, it must be experienced, otherwise why would the Bible have so many instructions, chapters, books and verses about love?
God meets us. We were knit together by God in our mother’s womb. God loves us from before time, before we were conceived; but unfortunately at the beginning of the story, God is the poor faithful,we think always serious good guy that we see as “just” a friend, not as a life partner. We don’t want to be burdened and we rarely look at God long enough to see the spark or listen well enough to hear the humor. Until one day we stumble upon one of those love letters like:
Let’s take a minute to take a long look at our Lord and Savior. Maybe we’ll learn a few things about love. Amen.