When my wife and I first got to know each other, we were "just friends". We spent a lot of time just hanging out, getting to know each other. It didn't take long for our friendship to blossom into a romance. We would spend practically every free moment together. After spending an evening together, we would say goodnight and, I would head home. The instant I put my key in the door of my apartment, my phone would ring. Although we had just parted company, we would spend another hour talking. Sometimes we would run out of things to talk about, so we would just be silent on the phone because neither of us wanted to hang up. We were the picture of young love.
Thirty-six years later, my wife and I still love spending time together, but our love has deepened in ways we never could've imagined. We've been through a lot together, good and bad. Through these experiences, our trust, understanding, and respect for one another have grown. It takes time and commitment to build a strong marriage, but the rewards are priceless.
The Bible uses marriage to depict our relationship with the Lord. New believers are like newlyweds who are so excited about this new chapter in their lives. After many years of walking with the Lord, our relation with Him grows much richer and deeper. Through our experiences, we see His faithfulness and learn to trust Him completely. As He pours out His grace and unconditional love, we learn to fully open our hearts to Him. Coming to a place of intimacy with God takes time and commitment, but it worth the investment. As the old hymn says:
He gets sweeter and sweeter as the days go by,
Oh, what a love between my Lord and I...
just keep falling in love with Him over
and over, and over and over again.