With major decisions there is a moment where one realizes that this is serious. I was reminded about this just a few days ago as I attended a friend’s wedding. The experience took me back twenty-four years to my own wedding. I wonder if I had any clue of the path I was embarking on. Did I understand the level of commitment required? Was I fully and completely knowledgeable about the contractual obligation that I was signing?
The full answer is no. I didn’t realize the level of commitment. I could not see just how amazing, wonderful, and incredible the person who had agreed to become my wife was and is. I had no idea of the magnitude of what I was willingly agreeing to. Yet there was a key ingredient. I was serious! I was standing there, in front of friends and family, in front of my stern, resolute, and caring grandfather in the role of our minister making a commitment that resonated in every fiber of my being.
The things that I was certain of then and now include being totally committed regardless of what I really knew or understood, being willing to leap beyond my fears, uncertainties, and doubts to a world where I would never again be totally alone. This was serious. I knew and understood this and jumped without any thought of my own life, safety, or change in course.
Reading God’s words about how Divinity delivered a message I realize that I have been privileged to catch a glimpse of just how deep God is in humanity. In contrast to me shaking in my shoes, wanting to commit, wondering if I could, God is everything I wanted to be. The record says the following:
“God’s Son, eyes pouring fire-blaze, standing on feet of furnace-fired bronze, says this.” (Revelation 2.17)
What happens next which is consistent with the rest of scripture reflects absolute commitment, involvement, intimacy, relationship, and above all love. God is serious about our lives. God is committed to our full potential. God gave all, for you, for me.