Jeremiah 33:11: "The sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, and the voices of those who bring thank offerings to the house of the Lord, saying,'Give thanks to the Lord Almighty, for the Lord is good; his love endures forever."
Matthew 25:1 "At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom."
I had been feeling a flood of loneliness. There I was pregnant with my first child, and I was so far from home. Rey and I, through series of events, found we were living Southern France. It was a thrill of a lifetime. Rey was getting a chance to play European Professional Basketball. The president of the team and his family extended an invitation to us; maybe it will take the edge off my struggle with loneliness.
Our loving groom shows us sympathetic love. Jesus knows who we are, that we are but dust, and grass. (Psalm 103:14,15)
Jesus understands our struggles and rejection from family and friends. (Matthew 13:53-57).
But soon after our visit, loneliness seeped back into my soul. I stood there staring out over the vast ocean that separated me from home. As I scanned the beach it seemed to have No End. I picked up a handful of sand and a thought occurred to me. I'm just like that little grain of sand. I felt so small, l and I began to wonder, "How could you know me God? I mean really know me? How could you understand my loneliness?" I pictured Jesus off the shoreline of Galilee. And Jesus was walking there, alone. Yes! He knew me. He had been there through the steps we had to take, all the decisions we make. The goodbyes that led us to France. Why? Because he wants to know and understand us. He wants to comprehend the width, length, height and depth of his love (Ephesians 3:18).
He loves us through action.
Though his ultimate goal was the Cross, Jesus took the time to meet the needs of those around him. He had peripheral vision. He showed his compassion when he fed the large crowd, when he healed the blind beggar, through forgiveness to the woman caught in adultery, to the Samaritan woman, the criminal on the cross, and to those who crucified him.
On that beach in France, I realized that Jesus was intimately involved with my life, not only in my being there, but he also reminded me that he was involved with my life all along the way. Through tragedy and triumph. Because he is faithful.
Faithful means loyal, constant, reliable. It's a tough concept for us, because we're sinners. We break confidences, go back on our word, make promises we can't or don't keep.
Best of all, he's promised to prepare a place for us (John 14:2).
And to come back for us (John14:3).