The heart-cry of every soul is for intimacy with God. For this we were created and for this we were rescued from sin and death. In Ephesians, Paul lets us in on a little secret: We’ve been more than noticed. God has pursued us from farther than space and longer ago than time. Our romance is far more ancient than the story of Helen of Troy. God has had us in mind since before the Foundations of the World. He loved us before the beginning of time, has come for us, and now calls us to journey toward Him, with Him, for the consummation of our love.
Who am I, really? The answer to that question is found in the answer to another: What is God’s heart toward me, or, how do I affect Him? If God is the Pursuer, the Ageless Romancer, the Lover, than there has to be a beloved, one who is the pursued. This is our role in the story. We are the pursued.
In the end, all we’ve every really wanted is to be loved. “Love comes from God,” writes John (1 John 4:7). We don’t have to get God to love us by doing something right ~ even loving Him. “This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:10). Someone has noticed. Someone has taken the initiative. There is nothing we need to do to keep it up, because His love for us is not based on what we’ve done, but who we are: His beloved. “I belong to my lover, and his desire is for me” (Song of Solomon 7:10).
~The Sacred Romance, John Eldredge