Falling in love is one of the most unsettling,
mind-blowing, risky experiences in life. A young man once described to me his
life-changing encounter with his future wife. He was simply bowled over. It was
not only her good looks and a certain mysterious quality to her personality, but
her entire demeanor attracted him. The way she talked, the way she walked, the
way she smiled and laughed—all these and more convinced him she was “the woman
of his dreams.”
Alas, he found out he had to work hard to get her to feel the
same way about him! It took time and patience. But throughout the long
courtship and engagement, his intuitions were confirmed. This was not
infatuation. It was love. It was worth the risk, and it changed his whole life.
Perhaps this experience won’t speak to everyone, but most people do fall in love
at one time or another. By way of analogy, I suggest that falling in love is a
good way to describe the apostle Paul’s experience of faith.