Sunday, January 23, 2011

Falling in love again and again

Christian friends would often talk about getting to know Jesus and I would really wonder what they meant. The more I try to understand faith, the more I realise it is much less about the intellect / the academic and much more about an intensely personal relationship with Jesus.

If one views getting to know Jesus as a personal and living relationship then so much seems to fall into place. I hope I'm not stretching the analogy too far when I compare knowing Jesus to a love relationship on earth. 

You could go on-line and look someone up, you could read their biography (if they have one), you could google them, you could talk to their friends, you could perhaps even email or text them. But if you want the relationship to grow deeper then there comes a point when you just have to say Hi to Jesus. And of course, if you say Hi to someone you would expect an answer. The key then is to be ready to listen out for the answer.

I have felt far away from God the past few weeks but I haven't panicked about it as I recall a friend describing her marriage - sometimes there is the mundane, humdrum but then sometimes she looks at him and love outpours. They have a Christian marriage so the commitment they made on marriage is a commitment to the commitment i.e they have committed to something much bigger than two people.

I think that a relationship with Jesus is like a Christian marriage whereby a commitment is made to something bigger and that it can't always be like the first flush of romance.

1 comment:

  1. I've gone through "dry patches" spiritually; I think everyone has, as well as the other experience of godforsakenness which is described as "the dark night of the soul".

    I've often thought that Trufflehunter is a good model for perserverance in Prince Caspian:

    "The help will come," said Trufflehunter. "I stand by Aslan. Have patience, like us beasts. The help will come. It may be even now at the door."

    "Your Majesty," said another voice at Peter's elbow. He turned and found himself face to face with the Badger.

    Peter leaned forward, put his arms round the beast and kissed the furry head: it wasn't a girlish thing for him to do, because he was the High King.

    "Best of badgers," he said. "You never doubted us all through."

    "No credit to me, your Majesty," said Trufflehunter. "1'm a beast and we don't change. I'm a badger, what's more, and we hold on."

    Hold on - that's a good lesson.