Yearning by definition is an intense longing for something. It is a craving, a desire, a hunger, and even a thirst.
In recent months I have had the pleasure of praying with several friends who are keeping the dream alive that they might one day meet a wonderful man, the man who would become a husband. With each conversation I see and hear the heart of every woman. No matter if we are married, engaged, or single; there is a deep part of each of us that God created to be a bride. It is written time and again throughout scripture that true believers will one day become the Bride of Christ. There is a breathtaking parallel that Scripture makes between falling in love on earth and falling in Love with Jesus. If we, as women, would yearn for the closeness of Jesus like we yearn for the closeness of an earthly companion, our lives would be stunningly transformed.
Our Heavenly Father designed us to be unique in our femininity and He knows how to sing love songs to us. He uses Scripture to romance us into loving Him the way He loves us. He is our heavenly Bridegroom. He woos, wins, and weds us; His heart breaks when we are unfaithful. For some of us, it may be time to stop looking so hard for our husbands to become the perfect spouse or for "Mr. Right" to walk through the door. For some of us, it's time we date Jesus.
When you put your trust in Christ, you are betrothed to Him.
As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you. -Isaiah 62:5b
This subject can be uncomfortable at first, for some. If you do not have or even yearn for the deep love of Christ over that of an earthly relationship, you may struggle with this and that is okay. I do believe it is meant for you. Maybe you have heard about Jesus' love for you but just do not understand the depth of His own desire for your heart. Jesus loves you and He longs for you to love Him too. This is the underlying theme, the substance that pumped through His veins, His passion for you. In Him, you will find the greatest romance of your life.
One day in prayer, I closed my eyes and in the stillness a scene began to play in my mind. I was dancing, twirling even, with Jesus. We swayed and moved and when the dance ended, he placed my face gently in His hands and kissed my forehead. The love He shared with me in that moment is not one I will forget. I'm sure if you asked, He would give you the same kind of affection. It is His hearts desire for you to know just how deeply He loves you.
Our life journey is a love story that is already being written. We long so deeply for our spouse, boyfriend, or future companion to romance us and I am here to tell you, they all fall short of our dreams. Many try, many do such an amazing job, many fall extremely short but if we will let our Jesus provide that deep, deep desire first it will only lift up what our husbands do when we see them becoming more and more like Christ themselves. Jesus is calling ladies.
More on this topic to come...