Do you remember what it was like to have a crush on someone? We languished for the half-second glances in our direction and for the rare moments of small talk. To all the ladies out there that graffiti’ed arrow-pierced hearts throughout diaries with your crush’s name inside and picked petals off of daisies, I’m right there with you. To all the fellas, you probably did something sweet and spontaneous to your crush like kicked her in the shin, pulled her hair, or risked detention to impress her. Did it work? Bottom-line, we got goofy when it came to our crush.
Do you also remember those terrible feelings when your crush rejected your love? Or worse yet, found out that your crush had a crush on someone else? Complete devastation! The road to recovery was long and painful. Did you eat buckets of ice cream and binge watching re-runs of your favorite sitcom? Did you find a replacement crush? Perhaps sworn off love or went into denial? Either way, it wasn’t pretty.
What if I told you that God has the biggest crush on you – to the point that it’s absolutely ridiculous? This goes way beyond diaries with hearts and kicking shins. He architects our life-dreams with the upmost anticipation that we would delight ourselves in His love. But He hasn’t stop there! He orchestrates the symphony of morning songbirds just so He can see you smile at their sound. But there’s more! He spins the plans that were meant to harm you into plans for good and gives us awesome surprise gifts just so we can feel loved. He even gave the ultimate gift of His Son, Jesus, as ransom payment while we were still enemies of God.
God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.
-1 John 4:9 (NLT)
He is such a Good God who is so infatuated with us that we neglect to think of the heartache and devastation He feels when we reject His love declarations. But God doesn’t eat buckets of ice cream and binge watch sitcoms to cope – He continues to chases us… woo us…bless us… in hopes that one day we’ll choose to turn and face Him, to see His unfailing love and devotion, to win our hearts.
What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are… But friends, that’s exactly who we are: children of God. And that’s only the beginning. Who knows how we’ll end up! What we know is that when Christ is openly revealed, we’ll see him—and in seeing him, become like him. All of us who look forward to his Coming stay ready, with the glistening purity of Jesus’ life as a model for our own.
– 1 John 3:1-3 (MSG)
Regardless if you’re joining us on our 21-Day Fast on Day 1 for the 4th time this week or struggling to stay strong on Day 11, God is anxiously awaiting to spend time with His crush: you! Remember, it’s not the act of denying the flesh that He loves; it’s the turning of your heart to His heart and hearing how it beats for you. I encourage you to get your crush on and allow God to handwrite His name on your heart because I promise; your name is already on His heart.
Listen to “How He Loves” by David Crowder Band today and let God sing it over you.