Watch against the tendency to leave your first love. Stop, turn around, and remember those days! Begin to do again those romantic things that you did when you were first in love ~ Revelation 2:4-5
I’d like to share a post that has recently impacted me. It is titled the Virtual World and the Spiritual World (a Personal Struggle) by David Bolton. It’s one of those more vulnerable posts, which I appreciate. I think he is, and will be living in what he expressed. It was beautifully expressed, too.
It got me thinking about my early days with Jesus. When I was first in love with Him. Do you remember those days? I got to thinking about all the things that I did because I was in love. I remember waking up early and staying up late thinking about Him, and deeply longing for Him. Sometimes He woke me at odd times and had some adventure for me to go on. It wasn’t always easy to get up, but it was always worth it. :-) I also wrote a lot in journals, and it was my way to both discover what was in my heart and to worship Him.
Talking with others about Him, who also loved Him? Oh, how I craved this. It was my favorite thing to do, and I could do that for hours and hours. I also loved receiving some new revelation about Him, and would search diligently in the only thing I knew of at the time – the Bible – and when I eventually found Him, I would delight on that new insight all day long.
I even had feelings. Heart-fluttering, heart-elarging feelings.
What precious days. It makes me feel like a child again to even think about them.
The fact is, I’m still in love with Him. But as the article above so well expresses, there are things that are a part of our life and culture today (technology for one) that has a way of momentarily satiating me, and I can easily neglect doing the “first things” that I did when I was first in love, things that were so natural and easy to do at the time.
I don’t want to be in a rut in my relationship with the Lord. I want to be walking with him in his secret garden, delighting in new and increasing depths of intimacy with him.
He wants it. And He invites us into it every moment.