What if you deeply loved someone and they constantly avoided you, made excuses for not talking with you, or always made a reason to cut short any time you had together? How long would our love for that person last? Would the rejection outlast the love? This was me and God. I’m so grateful that He didn’t ever give up on loving me when I rejected and avoided Him for nearly 20 years of my Christian life! He saved me with the precious blood of His Son and I took His gift but rejected His relationship! Yet, for 20 years, He continued to bless me, love me, and wait for my return. I spent no time pursuing Him. I lived independent of Him. I “served” Him out of obligation and to preserve my own image as a “Christian.” I missed the best part of the life He’d given me! I was a broken girl, building my life around what seemed good to me–power, success, children, marriage–but these things were an illusion of security and hope. They never filled me–they just chained me to an illusion that the broken world could fix what was wrong with me. It took disappointment and disaster for me to return to God. My “secure” world crashed and–He was still there–wooing me. I’m not sure what’s more mind-blowing to me–the sacrifice He made to be WITH me or the persistence with which He PURSUED me–despite my rejection. The reason: Love. Love does not change because it’s been rejected: It waits for the heart that’s running–to return to it. God loves us with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3); He desires to draw all men to Himself (John 12:32); we didn’t choose Him, He chose us (John 15:16); and we love Him ONLY because He first loved us (1 John 4:19)! Love that is real–meaning God’s love–is consistent–because God does not change. When our heart fails to desire and pursue Him–He does not fail–because His love is greater than our heart!