No one likes rejection, we all need to be loved. I look up from my computer to process this statement. With my Bible to the left and a note pad and pencil to my right, I stop typing to allow my thoughts to catch up and jot down some notes.
A sound interrupts my processing. Bling. I see her beloved name next to the text message: Buddy.
“I Love you. Till death do us part.”
I stare at my phone. Til death do us part? Was she dying? Drinking? Did someone highjack her phone? This didn’t sound like her. Well, the “I love you” part, yes, but not the “Till death do us part” piece.
Bling. Another text, before I could respond.
“I just want you to know that there is nothing you could do or say that could ever break our bond. Nothing—No matter what. I love you too much.”
Over the years, I’ve said plenty of things to make her mad at me. Had I done it again? Was she reminding me that I’ve messed up but that she still loves me? I place my phone next to my heart. It was the closest thing I could do to hugging her and I decide to call her.
Hearing her voice, I knew nothing was wrong. Actually, we laughed together for over an hour. She just wanted me to know I was loved.
It was time to say goodbye, I pause and say, “Oh, and by the way, we don’t part at death. I will hunt you down and find you in heaven.”
It was time to return to writing. The only One who can love purely is God. He never rejects or fails us— even though at times it may seem like it. He runs after us and toward us. When Jesus told the story of the prodigal son, His audience understood the significance of a father running to greet his long lost son. In their culture, a dignified father never ran but walked slowly, with dignity. Not our heavenly father. He runs to us, despite His grand status.
Whether I am the one who walks away or the one who causes someone to turn from me, I hope my heart condition will always be that of our Father. And maybe, just maybe He speaks through a text message to say, “I just want you to know that there is nothing you could do or say that could ever break our bond. Nothing—No matter what. I love you too much. I will never leave you or forsake you.”