Love WILL Understand

Once upon a time a young lady from California went with some other youth from her church to an international get-together for youth of their denomination. (This took place somewhere in the Eastern States, if I remember rightly.)

Among all the other attendees she met a young man from France.  His spoken English must have been passable – and for some communications you don’t need a lot of words. ♡  In the course of their time together he managed to convey that he cared for her very much and hoped their relationship would grow into a permanent commitment.

She felt the same, so they exchanged addresses, deeming it wise to correspond for a time and get to know more about each other, their respective families, cultures, etc.  Then the youth festival or whatever was over and they each went home.

She wasn’t home very long before his first letter arrived.  Eagerly she opened it.

It was all in French.

Well, this was a hurdle but not a roadblock.  Because she knew he cared for her and because she cared for him, she grabbed her French-English dictionary and read his letter by looking up every word.  She read each of his subsequent letters that way, too – and quite likely he was doing much the same with her letters.

She didn’t count this tedious process as too much trouble or a waste of time.  She anticipated becoming his bride someday so of course she wanted to find out all about him.  She was expecting that after they were married she would move to France and live there with him, so she wanted to learn all she could about the country and its language.

When we heard them speak about their romantic experience in a church service one day he was a pastor, they were a happily married couple, and her French was quite passable.
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I visited with another young woman one day and she told me how God had done so much for her.  He’d helped her beat an alcohol addiction and was guiding her through financial problems and illness in the family.  She’d called on Him and He had responded, so she had no doubt that God loved her.

I gathered her understanding of “religious stuff” was limited.  She referred to God as her “Higher Power” and I’m not sure just where Jesus fit in that picture.  Church was for other people.  I wondered what she was doing to nourish her soul.

“Do you read the Bible sometimes?”

“No,” she answered.  “It’s too hard to understand.”
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Now, which of these young women would you say was truly in love?

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3 thoughts on “Love WILL Understand

    • Jesus says, “Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” It’s so easy to love God for what He does for us, but we like our freedom so much, we tend to shy away from that “yoke” of learning what He’s really like and what pleases Him.

      When my friend (second example) called on God in utter helplessness He did break the yoke addiction had laid on her. Unfortunately she never quit going to the bar, she never followed on to know the Lord (Hosea 6:3) and was dragged down again.

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