“To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.” – Tim Keller
This picture was taken while we were on our honeymoon in Portland, OR. It’s been 2 weeks since we have been back in town and I was just reflecting today about how fun it was to be in Portland. Don’t get me wrong, we love being home here in Stockton, CA. What I was reflecting on was how we actually spent our honeymoon in Portland of all places. People asked us why, and why not somewhere like Hawaii.
Portland was just a place that we could really enjoy all our favorite things together and even if they are simple, it was what we enjoy together. We got to drink some amazing coffee and beer. We got to visit Powell’s bookstore and loved looking at and talking about all the books. We also just loved walking around the city and being able to talk about anything and everything.
This being said, I was also reflecting on our love and what it reveals about the love of God. We as Christians, are always able to display characteristics of God to those around us. Although I knew God’s covenant love toward us, I never understood it on the level that I do now. Before Stephanie, I wasn’t really able to be completely vulnerable with anyone because of a fear of being rejected. I can be angry, jealous, controlling, bitter, and the list can go on and on. Over the course of our relationship and engagement, I revealed all of this to Stephanie and although some of this may have even hurt her knowing them, she forgave and continued to love me.
Although we may just have a lot of commonalities, I really do believe this is why we enjoy each other’s presence so much and enjoying doing these things together. We both know some of the deepest and darkest parts of each other and can still say “I love you.” Our wedding day, as we entered into a covenant relationship with one another, has revealed to me in a deeper way how God fully knows and fully loves us. He has made a covenant with us that shows us that no matter what we have done or will do, we as Christians, are his and he is ours.
As life goes on, I’ll probably continue to grow in my understanding of this love but I’ll end with this part from 1 Corinthians 13 (of course, I would use this chapter right?):
“Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.” – 1 Corinthians 13:8-12