Spouses often reflect on when they first met. Some might recall being enamored at the first meeting and were eager to know one another better in order to see how the relationship would develop. Other couples recall that they were not overly impressed with the other at the first introduction, and yet over time, the two got to know each other which blossomed into a loving relationship.
The same occurs for friends. When encouraging me to be understanding of different personalities, my mom would relay to me how she met someone she did not think she liked at a first meeting only to discover the woman was shy, and with time, the two became great friends. Some friends can barely remember not knowing the other and are unable to exactly describe that first introduction.
I began pondering the essence of introductions because I was thinking of the various ways people meet God. Some know Him all their lives and cannot recall a time without knowing God as their Savior. Others can tell wonderfully elaborate stories of God working in their lives and leading them to salvation when they received Jesus as Savior.
And, others might tell of introductions to God that have prevented them from building a most beautiful relationship for various reasons. These stories are heartbreaking as the loving kindness offered by the gracious God of the universe surpasses all that worldly relationships have to give. To those who have struggled with their understanding of who God is, was, and always will be – then meet Him in His Word. To fully know God, one must know Him fully as He has revealed Himself in the Bible.
As we approach Easter, the celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection, I encourage all people – regardless of your introduction to God thus far, to reflect on the book of John in the Bible. Take time to absorb the loving, passionate, awesome words of God that show a love that is beyond our total comprehension. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.” (John 3:16-17)
Consider some of your relationships that needed a little extra time to truly understand the other person and then let God introduce Himself through His Word.