Many years ago, during my basic training days in the United States Air Force, I looked forward to mail call just like every new recruit. When I left for basic training, my husband, Skip, was my boyfriend. He faithfully wrote to me every day. Mail call always meant a letter from home. I anticipated a letter from him and could hardly wait to open it when I got back to my room. I clung to every word that he wrote, reading and re-reading each letter. I cherished them and pondered them in my heart and thought about him all day long. What do you imagine the outcome would have been if I had thrown away all of those letters? Or what if I would have simply tied them with a pretty ribbon and stacked them neatly in my drawer? What a silly thought, you say, and I agree.
About half-way through “basic” (that’s military lingo), we were permitted to make a phone call (pre-cell phone days). I greatly anticipated hearing Skip’s voice on the phone. While talking to him, he asked me to marry him! I accepted his proposal and a few days later, my engagement ring arrived during mail call. Some of the other young women in the barracks shared in my excitement and said that I was so “lucky” to have such a loving, romantic fiance. But some warned me about trusting him and that he may not mean what he said and “be careful that I don’t get hurt”.
Which voices did I choose to believe? Of course, I believed the voice of my future husband and no one could persuade me otherwise. Now, I began receiving two or three letters a day. I was on his mind 24-7! I was (and still am) his beloved. I cannot even explain in words how my heart felt the day that I stepped off the plane once I finished “basic” and saw my husband face-to-face as he wrapped his loving arms around me.
Fast forward 40 years. Last night, our pastor spoke about our hearts toward God and His heart toward us as He revealed deeper revelation from His Letter. As I walked out of worship service with my husband, the Lord instilled a deeper love in my heart for Him and His letter to us: the Bible – His Letter from Home to every one of His beloved.
We are engaged to Christ for eternity. I was pondering what had just been spoken to us through God’s Love Letter as God used His servant to impart the words to those who wanted to hear. I considered the similarities and the differences between my earthly husband and my Heavenly Husband. Why would I believe my imperfect earthly husband’s words and not believe my perfect Heavenly Husband’s words? Should I put any less “weight” on the Love Letter from God than I did on those love letters from Skip?
God lovingly reminded me of my anticipation of Skip’s letters, of the promise of marriage and of the fact that I believed and clung to every word that my earthly husband spoke to me through his letters and through that one phone call. Did I doubt anything that my future husband said to me? Did I doubt his love for me? Of course not! Then, why is it that I sometimes doubt any word that God has written to me? Why do I sometimes believe the voices of those who want me to doubt my future Husband’s love and plan for me?
Last night, I determined in my heart to read and re-read the Love Letter from Home with the same committed heart that I had as a young bride-to-be over 40 years ago. My anticipation to hurry to my room and read His words to me has heightened.
Fellow “basic trainers”, our Husband-to-be is returning for His Bride one day soon. Don’t be deceived by the voices of the enemy. Read and re-read the Love Letter and cling to every Word that is written. If your Beloved wakes you up at 3 a.m., get up and go spend a some time with Him. He wants to talk to you. We can trust Him to fulfill every Word that He wrote. We can rest assured that God’s promises are true, that He is not a liar and this His thoughts toward us are good. God loves and adores His betrothed and we are on His mind 24-7 – and even greater than that – we are on His mind for eternity. Just like I received my engagement ring – the promise of future marriage from my earthly husband, God sent His Holy Spirit to us until we see our Beloved. Precious Bride of Christ, arise, for the world will soon know of God’s love for you as we draw near to the time when “basic” is over and we will see Him face-to-face.