Oh, the joys of being in love - the rush, the tingle, the breathlessness, the friendship, and the anticipation of genuine affection and adoration. Being in love is a great and wonderful thing. It’s just beautiful. “You can touch the moonlight," according to Celine Dion’s song.
But finding love can be challenging, even daunting at times. You think, I have finally found the one, but that did not end well, not at all. Finding the love of your life seemingly eluded you, leaving you with a broken heart. When your heart is broken, you nurse deep mental and emotional wounds, and many times, you wonder if your heart will ever heal.
Wikipedia states that "a broken heart is a term metaphor for the intense emotional—and sometimes physical—stress or pain one feels at experiencing great longing."
When you love someone, you have invested heavily in that relationship – emotionally, spiritually, mentally, financially, and physically – hence the trauma you feel when the relationship is broken.
Do you have a broken heart?
You can and will survive this. What the enemy planned for evil, God will work it out for your good.
The longer I live, the more I trust God. He not only sees the beginning but He sees the end. You can be confident, “for the Lord God is a sun and shield: the lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.” Psalm 84:11 (KJV)
Romans 8:28 (KJV) reminds us, “and we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”
Let’s talk about Leah, Laban’s first daughter, and the disfavored sister of the beautiful, Rachel. Genesis 29 details the struggles of the two sisters who were married to the same man - Jacob. How I empathize with Leah – Leah became Jacob's wife through the deception of her father.
Jacob fell in love with Rachel, Laban’s younger daughter, and agreed to work for Laban for seven years in exchange for Rachel's hand in marriage. Laban agreed. However, after the seven years, Laban deceived Jacob and gave him Leah as a wife instead. According to Laban, it was not customary that the younger daughter marry first. So, in order for Jacob to marry Rachel, he had to work for Laban for another seven years.
Finally, Jacob marries Rachel. Genesis 29:30 tells us that Jacob “loved also Rachel more than Leah.”
Throughout her marriage, Leah sought to win the affection of her husband, baring him sons after sons. “And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, Surely the Lord hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.” Genesis 29:32 (KJV)
Leah never won the love of Jacob, but remember, “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." From Leah’s third son, Levi, came Israel’s priesthood - Moses, Aaron, John the Baptist. Her fourth son, Judah, God chose as the bloodline through whom Jesus came.
Sounds like victory to me. God is "able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us." Ephesians 3:20 (KJV)
Remember, be confident, "...he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ." Philippians 1:6 (KJV)
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This post will continue next week Monday. Stay tuned for Encounters of the Heart: Healing the Heart (Part 2)
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