The Song of Songs opens with a euphoric maiden in her first love time. How I remember my first love time with Steve. This picture is from our second date –a Valentine’s party where we were assigned to dress up like famous lovers. (We were assigned “Helen of Troy” and “Paris.”) I was so smitten with Steve I could hardly breathe. He was such a man: strong, tender, relational, and so intelligent. During our courtship time, I would wake up in the morning and before I was fully conscious have this warm wonderful feeling that something was different in my life — and then I would remember that Steve was in my life.
I never expected to have those same feelings when Jesus found me as a young wife and mother — but I did. I would wake up in the morning with this warm wonderful feeling that something was different in my life — and then I would remember that Jesus was in my life. I could hardly wait to get up and spend time with Him. I practically stopped people on the street to tell them: “Don’t you know — Jesus is real!” I stepped out on faith and saw God meet me again and again.
The first love time is a unique time — and in Revelation 2, when Jesus tells the church at Ephesus that they have forsaken their first love, he tells them to first “Remember the height from which they have fallen.” Then they are to repent and do the things they did at first.
Answer one or both of these questions for us:
What were you like when you first fell in love with your husband?
What were you like when you first fell in love with Jesus?