When Different Is Good

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I’m done. Finished. Last One. That’s what I said the last time. But this time I mean it.

Ever uttered those words? If it hadn’t involved our entire neighborhood, I probably wouldn’t have attempted it–again. Digging out, sorting through, putting stuff out, packing it back–or giving it away–the entire scenario of yet another garage sale stirred up dusty arguments that refuse to die.

Major Differences

In spite of our fairy-tale beginnings, I learned early on that my husband and I had some major differences: He sorted; I tossed. He cleaned; I swiped. He filed: I piled. He cut; I ripped. He folded; I stuffed. He discarded; I collected. He planned; I schemed. It’s a wonder we survived.

We’re different. And differences can bring frustration. Disagreements. Anger. Opposites can attack. Or they can attract. Amazing, though, how we discovered our very differences helped strengthen the weaknesses in each other.

Still Together. Why?

I finally realized through the years why we’re still together: Grace. And Love.  In fact, I’m more in love with this guy than I ever thought possible.

It’s the same with God. Soon after my humble beginnings with Him, I learned how different we were: Way different. He’s BIG. I’m small. He’s perfect. I’m human. He’s patient. I’m antsy. He’s wise. I’m foolish. He’s God. I’m not. And that’s only the beginning.

A Sacred Relationship

Did that destroy our sacred relationship? No. It formed the basis for a strong one. But there’s where the comparison ends. Yes, I desperately needed what God had, what He offered. Yet, even though He did not need me and my puny offerings, He wanted me! Created me for a purpose! Sent His Son to die for me, so He could make me His bride.

And I realized one day why we’re still together, though honestly, I’m amazed that He finds me worth loving.  It’s all because of Grace. And Love–through the precious gift of His Son, Jesus. Different? Yes. Totally. But that doesn’t hinder our love relationship.  In fact, after five decades of our sacred romance, I’m more in love with Jesus than I ever thought possible.

My beloved is mine and I am his (Son of Songs 2:16, NIV).

 

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV).

 

No power in the sky above or in the earth below–indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39, NLT).

 

My Personal Prayer for You

God, You are big. We are so small. Yet You set Your love on us from the very beginning. Thank You for loving us. Thank you for allowing us to have a sacred relationship with You because of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Thank you that in spite of our imperfections, You saw something worth saving–all because of Love, and Grace. Day-votedly Yours, Rebecca

What About You?

When did you first fall in love with Jesus? How is your relationship growing? I’d love to hear your comments below.

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    2 Responses to “When Different Is Good”

    1. Miriam on May 20th, 2014 9:55 am

      Thank you for sharing that truth about yourself! I have been in a relationship with Jesus some 35yrs and I love Him more today than our honeymoon season!
      Our love has lasted because of His daily dose of grace,mercy,healing,wisdom,knowledge etc.. You name all He has to impart to us and all we need to survive this life each and everyday!
      ThAnk God for his comforter the Holy Spirit that knows what we have need of and ministers to us.
      And the morning devotionals thru His Word and other wonderful devotionals to inspire, encourage, energize and direct on the path of His choosing for us His Bride!

    2. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on May 20th, 2014 8:37 pm

      Thank you, Miriam, for sharing those words. God is so faithful, isn’t He?

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