It’s Human Nature 101: We all have a desire within us to give love and to be loved in return. And while we may seek to fulfill and express this desire in many different ways (some ways healthy and good for us… many twisted and damaging to us) it usually all comes back to this basic principle. We’re human. We need love.
And when it comes to love, there is often a lot of emphasis in our society placed on “waiting”. Obviously at this point I could point to how us Christians talk an awful lot about “waiting” until marriage. After all, true love waits, right? But we also hear a lot of talk about “waiting” in our secular world, too. When things don’t work out with what’s-his-name, for whatever reason, it’s ok, because we tell ourselves that Mr. Right will come along eventually. We just have to wait. It’s classic Disney. “Someday my prince will come.” But until then, I’ll just wait.
This is all well and good. And it is certainly true that love is patient (1 Corinthians 13, anyone?). However, in all this talk about waiting for marriage, and waiting for Mr. (or Miss) Right, it seems we all too easily forget that Love is waiting for us, too. And in this case, a response is required on our part—right now. (And later today. And tomorrow. And every day for the rest of our lives)
You don’t have to wait another minute for your love story to begin, because Love has been waiting for you since the moment of your conception (talk about Love being patient!). This Love waits on you even when you refuse it and turn away from it. This love waits on you even when you spit in its face. The one who created you loves you more than you are capable of understanding. And until we begin to realize this, we’re really missing the bigger picture of this whole “love” thing anyway.
If God does one day call you to marriage, I’m sure that your Mr. (or Miss) Right is going to be amazing and is going to love you more than you even know. But, whether you believe it or not, the fact that God loves you is always going to be a bigger deal. (And the right “Mr. Right” will tell you that himself).
So pray for your vocation. Pray for your future spouse. But most of all, pray that God will open your heart to receive His love, and pray for the grace to love Him in return.