Not too many years ago, a popular pop band called Huey Lewis and the News recorded a hit song entitled “The Power of Love”. The first verse and chorus went like this:
The power of love is a curious thing
Make a one man weep, make another man sing
Change a heart to a little white dove
More than a feeling, that's the power of love
Don't need money, don't take fame
Don't need no credit card to ride this train
It's strong and it's sudden and it's cruel sometimes
But it might just save your life
That's the power of love,
That's the power of love
We all admit love is a powerful thing. It can literally alter the course of our lives, rescue us when we are weak and down and out, and test us when we think we are strong. Many of us might even go so far as to say that love is the most powerful force on earth.
Something I’ve noticed though, is that there many ideas out there as to the meaning of love, and not all agree as to what it should look like-or what it actually has become in the average person’s eyes. What’s more, if you were to ask the man on the street what love means to him, the answer you get will probably be a little vague and unconvincing. Why? Because I believe we as a people have lost sight to a great degree of the experience of true love. I want to spend the next few weeks telling some stories that will, I hope, help us recover it.
We celebrated my bride’s birthday last week. She is the greatest gift God has given me on this earth, and her love is an expression to me of the meaning of real love. She came into my life at a time I least expected it.
I was a camp counselor at Trail’s End Ranch, Ekalaka, Mont., for the second consecutive summer, and I’ll never forget watching LeAnne walk into staff training late. She and the guy who rode with her had gotten lost. She stood out to me right away, although I wasn’t looking for a relationship. Just the summer before, my heart had been broken, and the Lord had given me a verse of comfort: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.” (Proverbs 13:12)
Basically, I sensed the Lord telling me that though I was hurting and wounded from dashed hopes for the love of my life that He promised to bring it to pass in His time-and that it would be all that I expected and more.
LeAnne noticed me right away too, and the Lord spoke to her one night after her campers were asleep, just a whisper in her heart, “He’s the one…” She prayed to the Lord that she would go with it unless He showed her differently.
Little did we know how the divine set-up to come would change our lives!