Esther Pavao
I had a woman I trust talk to me once about what it meant to fall in love with God. It seemed ridiculous at first, almost sacriligious. I mean, God is God. You don't "fall in love" with Him. But recently, I started praying that God would show me what that meant.

The woman told me, "Imagine THE most perfect guy in the world. What would he look like? What kind of things would he do? How would he go about showing you he loved you?" I put a lot of thought into it. And I had a pretty long list of things that this perfect guy would be. He would love me enough not to let me have my own way; he would make beautiful things just for me to enjoy them. He would spend time with me just because he wanted to be with me. These are just a few things, not even the most important ones, just the ones I can think of off the top of my head.

Well, you know that feeling you get when you fall in love? You look forward to every time you see that person. You perk up and pay attention when you hear their name; you find yourself always talking about them and thinking about them unconciously. You dwell on your last conversations. You pay attention to everything they say, and notice little habits and quirks.

When I started praying that God would show me what it meant to fall in love with Him, this is exactly what happened to me. I would walk outside my house early in the morning and see the mist over the grass, the sun peeking over the trees and feel that God had woken me up early just to see what He had made. I got excited when I heard people talking about Him, and would listen in and join their conversations. I noticed Him in everything good that happened, and in all the bad, would feel that He was standing there comforting me. I got curious about reading the bible, which has never really happened to me before, and I found myself reading chapters in my free time, just because I could.

Because He really is THE best guy there ever could be. And I don't really think it's sacriligious anymore. The bible refers to Him as the bridegroom on more than one occasion with the church being His bride. I don't think it's a gross thing, being in love with God. He's like my father, my brother, and my best friend all in one.

I love the little things He does to show me He cares. I love spending time alone with Him. I love talking to Him and feeling that He's listening and answering. I love that He understands me and knows what's best for me.

I love God! And it is the most wonderful thing to me that I get to spend the rest of my life with Him.