Happily Ever After

You may have already seen the video above. It’s the trailer to a short film that Disney recently came out with. By the end of watching the trailer you were probably wondering, Did they end up finding each other? Did they end up “happily ever after?”

Some of you can really relate to this simple one and a half-minute video. You’ve met someone great. But for some reason this amazing human being has gotten away. You don’t know what to do about it other than the only things you can do. You pray. You wait. And you hope. Time and distance separate you, but for some reason you find this person in your thoughts and in your heart.

For others of you, you feel this is your story. This is exactly how it happened for you, and it did end in happily ever after. You waited for “the one” and you’re finally in love. Right after you watched this video, you copied the link, opened your email, typed in your loved one’s address and sent it away. You were so excited to show him or her how cute it was. Every second of this video reminded you of what you have with this person.

And then there’s the group of people who just can’t catch a break in the department of love. You’re starting to get concerned. Will it ever be my turn to be loved? Will I ever know what it’s like to have someone to call my own? How long must I wait?  Is something wrong with me? Why does everyone else have someone, everyone but me? You watched this video with a smile, but not a happy smile. Your smile carried weight and a heavy heart. You held back tears as you watched, wondering how a silly, animated, black and white, Disney film could get you feeling so loveless.

Whichever group you fall into, or maybe you’re in a completely separate group of your own, you desire love. You’ll go to any ends to find true, pure, simple and sweet love. Just like the sweet man in the video. You’ll do whatever it takes to get her back, to find her and to make her yours.

That’s what Christ did. He did what it took to bring us back to Him. He did what it took to reconcile us with our Heavenly Father. He loved us. He loves us.

Love is sweet, but it’s also hard. Love is made up of everything we are and more. Love is something bigger than we could ever explain. Love is every contradiction magnificently brought together to make perfect sense. Love is. It just is. But I’m talking about true love. I’m talking about Christ.

One thing I know for sure about love is this: we will continue to search and long for love until we finally realize what love really is.

Love is Christ.

Whether we have someone on this earth, who we claim to be our true love, or not, we have an eternal love. A love that never changes. A love that continues to pursue us, run after us, and make a million paper planes to get our attention. This love is selfless and endless. This love is perfect.

What if the ending of your “love story” turns out in a way you would never expect? What if you’re never reunited with the one you love or you’re single for the rest of your life here? Will you still choose Christ over the heartache or disappointment you face?

What if you do end up in wedded bliss with the one you’ve been waiting for, for so long? Will you give Christ all the glory and become a powerful force, with your spouse, for the work of His Kingdom?

Trust me, if you haven’t found this true love yet, you will continue to search for it. You will keep searching, sometimes in all the wrong places, but hopefully Christ will reveal Himself to you. One day you will find this true love to be everything you need for absolute joy and satisfaction in this world and the next.

The love of God is greater far
  Than tongue or pen can ever tell.
It goes beyond the highest star
  And reaches to the lowest hell.
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
  God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled
  And pardoned from his sin.

O love of God, how rich and pure!
  How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure—
    The saints’ and angels’ song.


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