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Sometimes God Woos Me
How Intimacy with God is Less Complicated Than You Might Think!
By Emory Colvin
It was the first day of ministry school and I was chatting with the Lord before class. All was going great until I heard Him say, “I want you to get honeymoon ready.”
I’m sorry, what was that again?! Here I am not even close to dating anyone…Why are we talking about getting honeymoon ready?! He laughed (not that I heard anything, but I do feel like He laughs at me quite often), and told me He knew I’d been working on getting my soul as emotionally healthy as possible and that He was going to work on my spirit during this year I’d taken off to focus on ministry school. Now that left my body. He said, “It’s time to join a gym and make your health and fitness a priority.” Literally three hours later a friend texted me saying she and her husband wanted to pay for my gym membership and she was going to train me for the school year.
These are the moments where it feels like God’s wooing me. He is the ultimate romancer. He orchestrated the greatest love story in history…And He is so personal when He turns His affection toward us.
Over the last several months, He’s romanced me with fun–like a daddy would date his little girl. I’m serious! Last fall, someone told me it was time to learn how to be a child again and go back to coloring outside the lines. Let me be clear, I have NEVER colored outside the lines. I highly value schedules and organization–the thought of not coloring an excellent color page sends 7-year-old me into meltdown mode.
But in Matthew 18:3 (NIV) Jesus says, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
There I was, in my late 30s, living a pretty comfortable, busy, semi-stressed life (that’s normal, right?) and the God of the universe interrupts me with an invitation to become a child again. I didn’t understand, but I was curious.
One of my favorite verses is Proverbs 25:2 (NLT), “It is God’s privilege to conceal things and the king’s privilege to discover them.”
I have found that God often conceals things for us–not from us–because He wants us to pursue Him…Sounds romantic, doesn’t it?
I’ve spent the last several months on a somewhat wild journey with God as I’ve learned how to become a child again. First, He sent me a love letter through a friend – she said she felt like God asked her to write me a letter from Him about growing into a child. Then, He played my favorite song––the one I want to dance to at my wedding––while I was out for dessert one evening. I happened to be alone the moment it came on, so I was able to enjoy the moment, giggling with God about how much I love it and how He picked the perfect time to play it. He even sent me a gift! Over the holidays I was invited to go sledding, but I didn’t have any snow gear or extra money to purchase what I would need. I asked someone if I could borrow their snow gear and they said God told them to bless me with fun money to get all the gear I needed for my snow day! She even said, “God really cares about you having fun and being a kid in this season!”
Through this romantic journey towards fun and childlikeness, I’ve discovered intimacy is less complicated than I have made it out to be. Our Father knows what is best for us and He meets us where we are. He wants us to know Him and He wants to be invited in to know us. He is truly the best friend and lover we could ever hope for. Ask Him to romance you today – He has treasures concealed for you…And I assure you it’s the wildest, most thoughtful treasure hunt you’ll ever go on.