“‘What’ and â€˜ifâ€™ two words as nonthreatening
as words come. But put
them together side-by-side and they
have the power to haunt you for the
rest of your life: â€˜What if?’…”
“I don’t know how your story ended.
But I know that if what you felt
then was love – true love – then
it’s never too late. If it was true
then why wouldn’t it be true
now? You need only the courage to
follow your heart…”
“I don’t know what a love like that
feels like… a love to leave loved
ones for, a love to cross oceans
for… but I’d like to believe if I
ever felt it, I’d have the courage
to seize it. I hope you had the
courage to seize it, Claire. And if
you didn’t, I hope one day that you
Sophieâ€™s letter to Claire from the movie Letters to Juliet. A cute romantic comedy. Somewhat predictable. The Full Moon even showed up in one scene!
So whereâ€™s he heading with this one? Hmmm, he could go one of two waysâ€¦ but Iâ€™m going back to The Sacred Romanceâ€¦
John Eldredge explains:
â€œGod creates man and woman and sets them in paradise. And then begins our courtship with a surprise. We see in the first glimpse of Godâ€™s wildness the goodness of His heart â€“ He gives us our freedom. In order for a true romance to occur, we would have to be free to reject Him. Giving us our freedom is an enormous, colossal risk, but necessary as He wants lovers and not puppets. Freedom is part of the explanation for the problem of evil. God is the author of some of the storms directly; but He is the author of the possibility of all of the storms in giving us freedom. And WE opened Pandoraâ€™s box. Adam and Eve kicked off the honeymoon by sleeping with the enemy. Then comes one of the most poignant verses in all of scripture: What is this you have done? (Gen 3:13). You can almost hear the shock, the pain of betrayal in Godâ€™s voice.
Yet there is something about the heart of God that the angels and our first parents had not yet seen. Here, at the lowest point in our relationship, God announces His intention never to abandon us but to seek us out and win us back. Grace introduces a new element of Godâ€™s heart. And then the long story of Godâ€™s pursuit of humanity begins. The Incarnation, the life and the death of Jesus, answers once and for all the question, â€˜What is Godâ€™s heart toward me?â€™ This is why Paul says in Romans 5, â€˜Look here, at the Cross. Here is the demonstration of Godâ€™s heart. At the point of our deepest betrayal, when we had run our farthest from Him and gotten so lost in the woods we could never find our way home, God came and died to rescue us.â€™â€
â€¦ and back to Sophieâ€™s letterâ€¦ what if we only had the courage to sieze it? The courage to follow our heart? Godâ€™s love is perfect and endures forever. What ifâ€¦? Will it haunt us? What if we turned it all over to Him?
Another wonderful post! Almost everything reminds me of a song and this post is no exception. This one is from Tenth Avenue North, this is the particular part of the song that really reached out and punched me the first time I heard it:
Why are you looking for love
Why are you still searching as if I’m not enough
To where will you go child
Tell me where will you run
To where will you run
It’s so very true – why are we always looking in this world for what God so freely gives? Why is it so hard to accept His most wonderful gift?
indeed, thank you again Denise for your thoughtful comment!!