This is Day 14 of 40 days of the allegorical devotional fiction, The Woman in the Wilderness.
She had to wonder if she should ask him what on earth he was.
“It doesn’t matter what I am! All that matters is I’m here. He sent me to help shed light on all this…” He grazed his eyes over their surroundings “…well, darkness. He sends His love. His love is always with you. His love endures when all things fail.”
There was no mistaking the delight in her eyes. Those words uplifted her spirits like no other. Her face lit up with a beautiful smile. Joy was emanating from within her at the thought of Him, at the thought of Him thinking of her. “I love Him. I long to be with Him so much…” she couldn’t keep herself from saying.
The gossamer prince looked at her, with a bittersweet expression on his small, handsome face.
“If only those I love could respond to my love the way that you respond to His. Surely He delights that you yearn for Him. I know I would if the one I love would yearn for me as you do… travel across a wilderness to get to me as you are doing now…” The sadness on his face was breaking her heart.
“What happened?” was all she could think to ask.
“The woman I love… She was mine for a time. She was faithful to me, and she loved me, but time came when she left me for another. It broke my heart to see her go, to see her turn her back on me. I watched her from afar. They broke her heart you know. The others could never love her or take care of her like I could and yet she ran after them. After a while, she returned to me. She professed her love for me, and I accepted her, and yet… when she is not with me, when she thinks I cannot see and cannot listen, she goes on cavorting with her former lovers behind my back. I know not which is worse – her fickle-mindedness and abandoning me when she first left me or her treacherousness when she is with me. Would anyone blame me for casting her away? Though I loved her, I had to cast her away for I cannot live closing my eyes to her treachery.”
Tears of compassion flowed down her eyes as she listened to the prince’s sad story. He, too, had tears flowing down his cheeks. They wept together for a while, before all became clear to her.
Do we fear Him? Back-slidden Israel was less guilty than Treacherous Judah. How many of us who profess our love to Him is like Judah? How many of us say that we are for Him, but serve other idols before Him? We treat Him without the reverence that He deserves.
She looked at the young prince whose heart ached for the one he loves, and though she knew the answer, she asked anyway, “Would you take her back?”
With a heart-breaking mixture of love and sadness in his eyes, he nodded. “I would. As long as she breathes, I will always take her back. My love for her endures.”
She smiled, heart-broken by his love. She wanted to assure him that she would return, but she didn’t know for sure that his beloved would. The thought broke her heart.
If only she knew how loved she is. Her thoughts shifted to a greater Love. If only the world knew how loved it is.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16 (NIV)
This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.
John 3:16-18 (MSG)
His love for us is immense and unimaginable. In its greatness, it was worth the ultimate sacrifice. In this quest to follow hard after Him, may we learn to daily soak in that love. To do that, we cannot be away from Him. We cannot soak in His love if we do not spend time with Him, the Source of true, unconditional love.
Is our time too much of a sacrifice? Is anything too much of a sacrifice for one such as He? Scripture speaks of a great, almighty God, Who time and time again, wooed humanity into relationships with Him.
He is wooing us. He is wooing you.
When will we lay down every idol, embrace the cross and follow hard after Him?
He is waiting. He is clearing the way.
Come away with Him.
May He keep First Place in our hearts this day when we’re celebrating His birth.
I also want to take the opportunity to thank you for remaining with me in this journey. I pray for greater and greater things for you and your walk with Him for the rest of 2016 and the year to come.
Merry Christmas, Wonderfuls!