“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give your rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthews 12:28-30).

I began crying uncontrollably as I walk trembling toward Love’s outstretched arms.  It seemed to me that I would never reach Love.  “Almost there”, a sweet voice kept speaking to my heart, “Almost there”. My whole body was shaking and I thought my legs were going to collapse beneath me, but Love kept me strong and strengthen my legs and calmed my fears.  Now I was feeling a burst of joy! I had arrived in front of Love. There were also present a full Congregation of eyewitnesses, who can testify of  “My First Date with Love”.  I professed my heart to Love and He promised me that our dates would last for an eternity! How wonderful and kind Love is to me. “Never leave me Love and never forsake me,” I cried.  Love promised me, “For God so loved, the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. When Love spoke these words to my heart, I surrendered my soul to Him to seal for eternity.

Love had come to me on so many occasions and asked me to join Him.  Each time Love came in contact with me, He asked me over and over again to sit down with Him and have a talk with Him.  In fact, He was the most persistent pursuer I had ever encountered.  The strange thing is, I never became angry with His pursuit.  There was something so very kind and loving about His approach to my heart.  In fact, He made me feel special and necessary in every way.  Yet, I still continued to dodge His continuous invitations.

The determination that Love displayed for my affection was like no other suitor I ever experienced! He visited me in the most unexpected places.  Once when I was in the hospital recovering from a necessary surgery, there He was, standing beside the surgeon in the operating room watching over me.  I saw Him there before they put me asleep; and He was there when I awoke in the recovery room.  He spoke to me when I regained complete conscientiousness.  Love said, “I would love for you to join me for “A Great Supper”.  The compassion in Love’s eyes moved my heart.  But again, I did not accept Love’s invitation.  I made up an excuse and told Love I had other plans.  He smiled at me, and said “I will stay with you and keep you company while you recover”.  I did not reject His kindness because I knew Love really cared for me.  Even after I dismissed His proposal of love to me, he did not show any resentment toward me.  He continued to pursue my heart and I continued to reject Love’s advancements.

On another occasion when Love appeared unexpectedly, I was hungry and I didn’t have any money to purchase food.  I really did not believe I had anyone in the world to help me.  I was also very proud, and I did not reveal to anyone that my financial situation was desperate.   I was sitting in my little apartment, which was barely furnished, crying and asking the God who my grandmother told me about, to please help me because I was hungry.  After I wiped away my tears, I decided to take a walk.  As I was walking down the street, my eyes were drawn to an object on the ground.  It was a twenty dollar bill!  I picked it up and starting crying because I believed that God heard my prayer.  Again, I wiped the tears from my eyes and headed to market to get some food to eat.  While I was in the marketplace, I saw Love standing in the isle and He approached me and asked said me, “How would you like to join me for “A Great Supper?”  Now you would think that I would jump on the invitation, since I was starving to death! But again, I said “No, I have other plans”.  Like starving to death, I thought to myself.  He smile and said, “I’ll see you around”.  I finished my shopping and started on way back home.

Why was Love always around and especially at the most painful and lonely times in my life?  I dismissed the question and rushed home to cook and eat.  I checked the mailbox only to find more bills I couldn’t pay because I was out of work!  I took the mail and dropped it on my table and started cooking a much appreciated meal.  After completing my meal, I surveyed that I had enough food to last me for the week.  I also had enough money left for transportation to look for a job.  I was thankful and grateful to God for blessing me and hearing my prayer.

After I had cleaned up, I then opened my mail.  As I suspected, the mail was mostly bills, but there was also a letter from a firm that I had applied to for a job.  It was a job offer! What! I was so happy that I cried AGAIN! Good things were happening in life and I didn’t know why.  I never considered that it was Love who was lifting me.  I thought it was all me and my work and my diligence.  How could Love know what I was going through? Besides what had I ever done for Love? I accepted the job and I thought all my troubles were over. I wrong and Love came to my rescue again.

Financial security does not bring happiness or true love.  Prosperity also breeds despair.  I was despondent and lonely.  There was something still missing from life.  When I had money I did things with my time that led me in paths that were not responsible.  During one of my wayward outings, Love showed up and asked me to join Him for “A Great Supper”. I replied, “Look around you Love, I have all the food and drink I need right here! Why do I need to accept your invitation for “A Great Supper?”  “Jesus answered and said unto her, whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:13-14).

Love had finally reached into my heart.  I decided that I would join Him for “A Great Supper”.  I said to Love, “IT’S A DATE!” Love told me that he had invited others and that I should join him at a place where many gathered all the time to celebrate His invitation to them.  I agreed to meet Love where He had appointed.  When I arrived at the meeting place, there were hundreds there and they were rejoicing and singing and thanking Love! I immediately started to cry, I don’t know why I was crying, I suppose it was because there was so much joy and love radiating in my heart.  I took a seat and listened to Love’s Words and they registered in my heart.  When Love had finished speaking to my soul.  He opened His arms and invited me to walk into His Love and take my rest from the world and trust in Him forever.  I stood and began to walk toward His loving arms!

This was My First Date with Love.  Love had always been there for me, even when I did not respond to His acts of kindness and generosity.  Love was there with me when I was sick and when I was hungry.  Love was my only friend when no one else cared whether I lived or died.  He lifted me when I could not see my way.  Love protected me when I was in the mist of danger unaware.  Love was always there for me and I did not acknowledge His love for me.  Now was the time for me to openly acknowledge Love and give Him the trust and honor He deserves!  Love has already seen the worst of me, now I want Love bring out the best in me. I gave my heart to Love and My First Date with Love was “Amazing Grace”.  He blessed me and He keeps me close to Him and “Love Lifted Me” and I am still having the time of my life with Love!!! Come to Jesus, it will be the best “First Date” you will ever have and it will never end!! God bless you! Amen!

Written by Jessica L. Matthews


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