My wife and I were watching a hypnotist at work on a group of almost strangers at a reunion party last Saturday when a question was asked of a middle aged man: “who is your favorite female Singer?”. His answer: Miley Cyrus. Suffice to say, he will never live that down.
So, I wondered, what if that question were asked of me? I honestly didn’t know, until reading a Bob Goff chapter early this morning entitled “Memorizing Jesus”.
I now believe I might say Taylor Swift. Why? Four words: its a love story.
Rather than being embarrassed, allow me to explain. It involves being in a hypnotic state. It involves love. It doesn’t involve a great deal of thought, or maybe I would say “overthinking”. It involves my wife.
And, it involves Jesus.
I was talking with my teens the other day, and confessed that I proposed to my Little Frau after dating for about 3 months. We were wed after knowing each other for about a year. “What were you thinking?”, my teen asked.
I wasn’t. It was a love story. I just wanted her to say yes. It still is. I still do. Much was unresolved, but it didn’t seem to matter. Much still is, and it largely still doesn’t.
Which brings me around to my faith, and Taylor’s song.
Scripture refers to the church, to me and you, as the bride of Christ.
It is a love story. Jesus just wanted us to say yes. It still is. He still does. Much was unresolved, but it didn’t seem to matter. Much still is, and it largely still doesn’t.
I got tired of waiting
Wondering if you were ever coming around
My faith in you was fading
When I met you on the outskirts of town, and I said’
‘Romeo save me I’ve been feeling so alone
I keep waiting for you but you never come
Is this in my head?
I don’t know what to think
He knelt to the ground and pulled out a ring”
And said, ”marry me Juliet
You’ll never have to be alone
I love you and that’s all I really know…
Revelation 22:17 says: The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life.
Amen. I want to keep saying yes in both of my ongoing love stories, and to keep not overthinking either one.