Dating God

DATING GOD // Branden Stoltz

My best friend just got married last weekend! It was a truly beautiful wedding. Their wedding looked like Pinterest sponsored the whole event, their first dance was viral YouTube-worthy, and how they began their relationship was just as memorable.

He met his now wife-of-one-week through a Bible study he hosted at his house. He first noticed her while she was standing in the kitchen stirring a pot of beans, although he had been told about her already. That week he had finished a ten-day period of fasting and praying for God to act and for himself to be ready for whatever God was going to do in his love life. So when he talked with her and was wowed by her thoughts on God and life, he wanted to get to know her better—only on friendly terms, of course. When she came back the next week, they talked more and they realized they both were runners, so they planned a run for that week.

Their jog started in Loma Linda and their conversation left them lost somewhere in Redlands. During their jog, while still in mid-thought, she halted saying, “Wait! Stop! Don’t move!”

He froze as she ruffled through the bushes, coming back with a leaf in-hand, explaining, “Your deodorant is leaking” as she scraped it off him. He later said, “Well this girl must really like me if she’s willing to get all up in my pits!” She did, and now they’re married! There is a lot of back story to my friend’s love life prior to meeting this girl, but I will simply let the lyrics to their wedding theme song explain that to you:

All those days chasing down a daydream
All those years living in a blur
All that time never truly seeing
Things, the way they were Now she’s here shining in the starlight
Now she’s here suddenly I know
If she’s here it’s crystal clear
I’m where I’m meant to go And at last I see the light
And it’s like the fog has lifted
And at last I see the light
And it’s like the sky is new
And it’s warm and real and bright
And the world has somehow shifted
All at once everything is different
Now that I see you

“I See The Light,” Mandy Moore

Our relationship with God can be viewed in the same way. It’s every bit as real as the relationship that grows and blooms between two people. Each one of us must go beyond the first meeting and spend our lives walking and talking with Him. As you review your relationship with God in this “dating” angle, remember that at some point, after you realize that He really is “willing to get all up in your pits,” ask yourself if maybe it’s about time to take your relationship to the next level.

// Branden

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