I mean the kind of true love that reflects Cinderella and Prince Charming, Westley and Buttercup, and Esther and Boaz.
I want to share with you the day I encountered true love in hope of inspiring you.
You see, there was this boy. He was really cute: He had bright green eyes and great big smile surrounded by lips plush enough to be classified as a cloud. Yeah, he was dreamy. I had seen him around but one night at youth group, he noticed me. He noticed me because I was crying; he saw that I was hurting.
My friends had just done a mean thing (16 year olds often do), and I was sitting alone, crying. He came over sweetly and asked me what was wrong. I explained that my friends were excluding me and he said, “I’m sorry. I see that they really hurt you.”
He didn’t bash them or diminish my pain; he listened, recognized it, and saw me. Then he asked if he could pray for me. I was floored. He prayed for me and I instantly felt better. I felt amazing, loved, taken care of! Just that someone would take a moment to approach me in a wounded state (when others normally walk away) to show me compassion and love was revitalizing.
Then for him to pray for me! It is an experience I remember as clear as day even though it happened over 11 years ago.
This was the day that I encountered true love…and it was not the love of this boy, but of Jesus working through him. Jesus reached out through him to show me His heart for me, to show me His love in a tangible way.
True love is the moment you lock eyes with Jesus and you know, deep down, you were meant for Him. You feel it the second you realize He is reaching out to make your heart whole and you accept it.
It is just like those corny love stories where there is an understood silence between the guy and the girl and you know he is never going to give up on her. You know he sees what she is made to be and that she can become it. And you know that they are going to have great adventures together.
You can encounter this true love. More than that, you can be an encounter of this love for someone else, and that is what I want to talk about.
If you haven’t experienced this for yourself, you don’t have to wait any longer. You just need to get quiet and alone with God. A place where you can let all that is within you bubble out and you can give it to Him. You’ll probably cry. You’ll probably re-experience some of the emotional pain again, but once you give it to Jesus and accept the new heart He has created in you, you’ll be free of it forever.
But you don’t have to wait for this moment for yourself before you can be this true love encounter for others, you can go out and do it right now.
Imagine, approaching someone at Starbucks, at the mall, in one of your classes and asking to pray for them. Forget about judgmental looks, rejection, and your dignity for a minute and imagine what if this person has been asking God to show him or her that He exists? What if this person has been contemplating suicide? What if he or she just lost their mom?
This stuff happens. This is real life. It isn’t always rays of sunshine and gum drops. There are people out there who are really hurting every day. You could be the start of their corny love story with Jesus. You could be their first encounter with true love. You have the power to change a life with 5 simple words: “Can I pray for you?”
If you truly believe in true love, you can’t do nothing. You can’t sit there for the rest of your life and not reach out to the lost and the hurting. If you really believe that Jesus heals people, sets them free, and can radically change the course of a life, YOU WILL BE COMPELLED TO SHARE THIS TRUE LOVE.
I know, you’re probably reading this thinking, “Yes, I truly believe those things, but what if they say, ‘No, thanks,’ or what if they yell at me,” or perhaps you have a worse scenario in your head.
Let me ask you a question: If you had the chance to introduce someone to their soul mate, would you? Even if they were a complete stranger but you knew that your friend was this stranger’s soul mate, would you introduce them?
OF COURSE YOU WOULD! What woman would give up the chance to be part of someone’s true love story?
And this is what you have. You have Jesus, waiting and ready to be introduced. Guess what? He knows them and loves them infinitely more than any other person ever could.
Imagine, if you will, Jesus tucking in His shirt, fixing His hair, checking His teeth to get ready to meet this person. He gives you the “I’m ready” nod and He is waiting for you to introduce Him. The only thing He needs from you is to be willing to step outside of your comfort zone in order to be part of an amazing love story.
I am writing this for someone, a someone in particular. This is not my normal style. God is talking to someone and if you are still reading, it is probably you.
You are going to have your eyes opened to people who you need to approach and pray for. You will probably feel your stomach in your throat a second after you see these people. That is ok, that is normal. Go and talk to them anyway.
Yeah, you’ll probably be awkward, but remember, you have the privilege to introduce these people to their true love. You have someone they need and you get to be part of a great love story.
Please let me calm that voice that says, “Nothing will happen when you pray for them.” This is a lie because when a Christian prays, nothing happening is impossible. You are the temple of the Holy Spirit and He is eager to get out and transform people…so when you pray, it is impossible for nothing to happen.
Remember that cute boy with the bright green eyes who brought true love to me? Yeah, that boy is my husband now and we have a magnificent love story that is bound together by Jesus. Not only did I encounter true love that day, I encountered my husband.
Never forget, true love stories do come true. Be an encounter for someone today.