Imagine you’re sitting on your couch wearing your favorite t-shirt,
watching “The Notebook”, drinking your wine of choice, and dreaming of a love
like Noah and Allie’s… And then suddenly, someone knocks on the front door. You
reluctantly pause the movie and walk towards the door wondering who it could
be. You open the door to find a young man holding a single rose. You’ve heard
of him and you’ve talked to him a few times in your history class, but you had
no idea he had such an interest in you. He hands the rose to you and asks to
come in… and you say NO and CLOSE the door… in his FACE!!! Girl, what are you
doing?!?!??! You’ve denied that young man a chance to prove himself to
you. You’ve shut him out of your heart before you even gave him the chance to
get to know you, and you to know him.
Now, here is the thing with Jesus… He is that boy.
Every single day He comes and knocks on the door of our
hearts. He stands there with a gentile smile, asking to come in and presenting
us with a brilliant white rose. Some days, we open the door and invite Him to
stay awhile. Laughing with Him and sharing in His goodness. Other days we close
the door in His face. Yet when we close the door on Jesus, He doesn’t vow to
never talk to us again or to ignore us… He comes back the following day with
two roses! He doesn’t wish to withhold anything from us. He doesn’t deny us
yesterday’s rose. We could close the door on Jesus every time He knocks… for
months… years, even, but because He loves us so immensely and wants to share
every rose He has to offer; He holds onto them. He makes a bouquet no man could
ever imagine. He comes… relentlessly… and when we’ve finally decided our hearts
need the fulfillment only He can give, He opens a vase big enough in our hearts
to hold every rose we’ve denied.
Jesus is a hopeless romantic who cannot dismiss His love for
us. He cannot simply let us avoid Him and deny ourselves of pure, wholesome
love. He pursues us. Every single day. He thinks of ways to brighten our day;
like a flower growing out of a side-walk, or a baby’s laugh. He embraces us
when we are hurting. He cheers us on as we set out into the world to accomplish
big things. He longs for us. He desires a relationship with us.
When I think of Jesus on the cross, crying out: “I thirst!”
(John 19:28) I don’t imagine He was thirsty for water. He was thirsting for us.
Our yes to Him. He was in dire need to know and love each soul. He was not
concerned that He was dying for our sins… He was concerned that we would never
know the immense amount of love He longed to give us.
Imagine if you stopped denying the roses He offers you. What
a beautiful life you would lead! “Intense love does not measure, it just
gives.” –Mother Teresa