1) I have entered into the world of dating
2) I am memorizing Bible verses for the first time, with the help of a dear friend.
1) Dating is weird. I have never not thought that.
I have also never really dated. I always just end up in relationships. So trying this out, talking to some guys, going out to dinner, not knowing where things are headed. This is all new and strange and weird and hard.
2) My friend Alison and I had a conversation about how I have never memorized Bible verses. I actually totally suck at knowing scripture.
When she suggested we work together to memorize scripture (so I can learn it and she can feel it) I took her up on the offer.
Being a Christian has always been hard. Doing this on my own, for myself, is insanely hard.
These two things collided full force this morning as I opted out of going to a church service to stay home and enjoy breakfast and listen to the rain and try reading some scripture on my own.
I never know where to start when I open the Bible. Today I decided to use the memory verse as a guide.
Hosea 6:1-2 "Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but will heal us; he has injured us but will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence."
I have read Hosea maybe once or twice, neither time really taking it in.
This morning as I started at chapter one, I didn't get very far in before the tears started.
Before the idea of starting a relationship knowing it will fail and have issues had tears swelling in my eyes.
Two chapters in and I stopped to weep and pray that I don't forget God as I pursue romantic relationships.
Three chapters in, I had to step away, stuck on the idea of returning to your wife, returning to the woman who is loved by another, who loved another, who forsook you. Return to her and love her.
Divorce is crazy real. Divorce in the dating world is crazy real.
The last man I was with was divorced, several of the men I am dating now (that sounds weird, I am not a player) are divorced, for different reasons but mostly cheating.
Plus add in the whole me cheating on God and Him taking me back thing.
I wanted to walk away, to read something different, but all I kept thinking was "don't quit. Don't give up hope. There has to be a good ending to this."
Hosea 6:3 "...As surely as the sun rises He will appear..."
7:3 "I long to redeem them..."
11:8-9 "My heart is changed within me; all of my compassion is aroused. I will not carry out my fierce anger...For I am God and not a man..."
14:4 "I will heal their waywardness and love them freely"
Not only is there hope but there is a promise. A promise of being freely loved. A promise that the God who has a right to be angry with us, the God who has a case against us; will heal us, bind us, revive us, restore us, LOVE us.
Dating is still going to be weird and memorizing scripture is hard but hope and love will carry my through.