The romance of the heart is with our humanity and God. When we fall in love with a person in a romantic relationship, they capture our thoughts, feelings, and undivided attention. We fabricate and fantasize about ways of spending every waking moment enamored in their presence and company. Young couples describe their reason for getting married by the intensity of their all-consuming and growing relationship. “I know I love her because I want to spend all my time with her and can’t imagine living life alone without her.”
There is no evolving and maturing relationship without being present in spirit, soul, and body with any person much less our relationship with God. The romance of the heart is with our humanity and God.
As in any loving relationship, our heart can grow cold and distant if we don’t develop and work on our communication skills with one another. I was living in the fast lane, and I lost sight of what is most precious in life. Gradually I let my heart slip away from hearing the voice of God without realizing it. After decades of Christian service, I lost the ability to listen to His voice. I lost touch with the Heavenly Father’s voice in the noise and commotion of the world. In my head, I knew Him, but no longer was my heart-centered in His love and presence. However, the romance with God was not over. I decided to seek him in the silence of my heart away from the noise of the world.
I had to rekindle the flame and rediscover in my heart a new awareness of living in the presence of God by spending quality time alone one on one in the silence. I invited Christ to let my heart become His dwelling place and home. I exchanged my life for His life, and I encountered God as the eternal source of life and learned how to quiet the voices and noise of the world to achieve lasting peace and hope.
I discovered when I seek His will and open my heart; I find the One who I can trust with my life. When I became honest with God about my failure of listening instead of experiencing the fear of God’s rejection, I experienced His unconditional love. The turmoil in my relationship with God immediately subsides when I accept myself just as I am in my weakness and brokenness. The result is I experience the Father who loves me and you beyond measure. I never comprehended the love and freedom I would feel when I was honest with myself before God in the romance of the silence.
I encounter the living and Holy One, who releases His Spirit in my heart and blesses my life. In the stillness of my being, God is present. I am one with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Jn. 17:21-23) I unite with the One, who spoke the cosmos into being. My life transformed into the image of the resurrected Christ. It is experiencing the ongoing romance of God in our hearts, the hope of glory! (Col. 1:27)
John: 17:21-23 NIV
21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
Colossians 1:27 NIV
27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
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