Proverbs 21:21: “Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find life, righteousness, and honor.”

Love can be thorny. Love can hurt. It is very human to look for love in all the wrong places. It is also very human to look for God in all the wrong places. Just as fake friends are a sore disappointment, so are fake gods. Can we live happily ever after with a fake Diamond? Probably not. If we have been through any amounts of heartbreaking break ups we know how disillusionment feels like. Should we now close down like an oyster and never trust a soul again? Wouldn’t that be like slicing all remaining tires of our car after having a flat tire? (A relative of mine posted this analogy on Social Media. Pretty funny, isn’t it?)

True love originates from the Godhead – Three in One. One could say that the Trinity possesses the patent for love. God has the good stuff. Love tried and true. True love.

Here is an open secret: God loves to be found. He’ll put heaven and hell to work to make that happen. Yes – even hell can be helpful at times. Have you ever noticed that light shines ever more brilliant in the dark? Light is more noticeable in shady places. Finding God during life’s darkest hour is not so unusual, after all. Of course that does not mean that God uses pain to manipulate us. It simply means that pain can sharpen our senses and help us distinguish between counterfeit and original.

We all want to know what’s real. We don’t want to live a lie. In pursuit of the real deal we will stop dead in our tracks when we have that “aha moment”, when we realize there is a God who cares.

We know when we’ve struck gold. We know when we’ve found unfailing love.

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