Sometimes I can almost see his face – my future husband. I imagine all that I want him to be and he is almost there. I can nearly reach out and tenderly touch his cheek as he gazes at me with deep, gentle eyes. Eyes that tell me even before his lips do, “I love you.”
This will not be the world’s flippant version of love; it will be a love that is pure and undefiled, a love that is rooted in our love for Christ. A love of deep devotion – of two people who loved God, as well as each other, so much that they were willing to wait. They were willing, long before they knew each other to look heavenward and pray, “Lord, I will wait for Your best for me.”
But what will those kind, loving eyes look like? I cannot see their color. Are they brown or blue ... hazel? What about his hair ... hair that I long to run my fingers through someday and play with as I talk to him? (I’m a huge fiddler you know.) I don’t know if it’s curly or straight, dark or light. Will he be a sandy blonde with sapphire blue eyes, or will he have a dark complexion with smooth black coffee eyes like my sweet little Hispanic nephew?
Who will his favorite music artist be? What’s his favorite color? How did he come to know the Lord, and finally ... how will we meet? Church, a concert – karate class?
These are all details that I don’t yet know and will have to wait to find out. But I do know what his character will be like, and from that I can build on the faith and hope that God will make him more than I ever imagined him to be.
As I was thinking about this a few days ago, I realized something. If I focus on my future husband, keeping my standards high and remaining dedicated to someone I have never seen, then any temptations that rise up will be easy to resist. I will hold no interest in any less-than-ideal guys who may be interested in me, or in just any good-looking guy, because in my mind’s eye will be someone who passes them all up. (I have found this to be true.)
And suddenly I understand why we are called “the bride of Christ.” Christians set their hope, dedication, and love in Someone whom they have never seen, yet they know with every fiber of their being that He is real. He is real, He is worth it and He is waiting ... waiting to bring us to Himself someday. And when we focus on Him whom we have never seen, when we focus on who we know Him to be, everything we go through on earth will be worth it in the end. All our waiting for heaven will be rewarded if we keep our eyes set on Him. Imagining what He will be like and all the wonderful things He has in store for them that love Him – and wait for Him.
“Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” ~ Hebrews 12:2
My one daughter who is fifteen will love to read this I'm sure. She has grown in the Lord, and you are in position to truly inspire young people.
You write with an honest voice of clarity, and the gift you have to touch with words has been evident on "Faithwriter's."
I would like to see your work read over those "bloody vampires." Keep up the good work.
I will print this now, and give it to my daughter, who by the way is named Amanda. We chose that name for her because we weren't expecting more children. YOu must know that name means "Worthy of Love."
As she looks to her future, I pray she will hold strong to the love of Christ in her life, as you seem too.
God bless you, and your continued writing.