As children, in our own unique ways, we all dream about happily ever after. We daydream, hoping to become the hero who gets the girl or stare out the window wishing for love that is never anything less than perfect. Our version of perfect.
Have you ever thought about what a perfect love on this rock we call earth might look like? When you think of perfect love, who do you think of? I don’t know about you, but when I think of perfect love, my thoughts go to Adam and Eve.
An interesting choice for “perfect love” you might say; but Adam and Eve, while best known for the single worst mistake in history, were still the first couple ever made for each other in the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual sense. God made Eve especially for Adam. She was made for him and she was made from him. Their relationship was God’s creation and despite the whole fruit thing, they created life together.
I have a love story to tell you about. While I have never ran into a burning castle on a white horse to save the damsel and my wife has never fought to save me from some wicked queen. We have turned lemons into lemonade many days. She has an amazing ability to bring the greatest smiles to the faces of our boys. Don’t get me wrong, we bicker, debate and argue from time to time. We don’t go dancing on Friday nights or wake every morning to bright sunshine and birds singing on our windowsill. I’m demanding, stubborn and arrogant. She can be passive-aggressive. I watch too much NASCAR and she has seen every Hallmark Christmas movie. But while the two of us are far from perfect, we love each other every day. God created our marriage in His perfect manner, in His perfect way as only He can do.
God tells us in 1 John 4:12, “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is made complete (perfected) in us.” So even though Adam and Eve might be considered the epitome of imperfection, even though Adam probably forgot to take out the trash and Eve probably forgot to wash his sheepskin shorts now and then, their imperfection was made perfect in their love for one another. No matter how flawed they were, their marriage was created in perfect love because the Master created it and He dwelt within the midst.
Don’t stress about living up to the fairy tale. Your love story, no matter how simple or how elaborate, was designed by God. He perfected it. He wrote it. He even illustrated it and signed his name on your copy. He’s the author and the perfecter. (Hebrews 12:2)
“Happily ever after” won’t always come with white horses, perfect hair and theme music. Most of the time, it comes with sweat pants, ball caps and minivans. And that’s okay, in fact it's more than okay, because if it comes from God, it’s perfect and nothing less. Perfect love, from a perfect God.
See You Sunday.