“And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left-and also many animals?” (Jonah 4:11, NIV2)
I was finally in high school, and I was truly a happy student! I even had a friend who walked home with me every day. Who could beat that?
Then thunder hit me. You see, it was a girl who I walked home with, and one day she shocked me with these words: “I like you!” I was shattered. After all, she was my friend. Why would she want to go into all that mushy stuff? All I could think was, “Yuck!” I looked her in the eye, and somehow I didn’t like what I saw, so I did what anyone would do in that case: I ran away from her! Well, maybe not everyone would have done that! But from then on, I walked home alone!
Then the bug bit me a few months later. I noticed a girl who was so friendly and so beautiful…AND she was in my class! Bonus! Why hadn’t I noticed her before? I now wonder how I could have known how “friendly” she was, because I had never even talked to her. I guess I liked her hair! In any case, after this I always made certain to keep a good distance from her. I was truly too shy for these kinds of things!
Then one day, months later, I “broke up” with her, a girl I had never even spoken to. How dare she kiss another boy on the lips? Yuck! I never wanted to be near her after that, and as a result, I never did get up the nerve to talk to her.
Can you imagine being that shy with anyone? Yes, when I started high school in grade 7, I was very shy. Especially towards girls. Some of us, however, are shy with everyone we meet, and as a result, we keep everyone at arm’s length.
We have personally met the Lover of our souls, and this is the biggest news we could ever encounter in our lives. What should we do?
Most of us who fall in love with our future spouses, cannot help but share with everyone how charming that person truly is. But Jesus is way more graceful and charming than anyone we can compare Him to, and in addition, He also heals us and promises us a glorious future. Why wouldn’t we want to share this terrific news? Are we too shy?
When we find ourselves in God’s Kingdom, however, how will we feel about all these missed opportunities? “I could have been a witness to that one, and to this one as well, but I didn’t!”
I was so shy because I was immature, and eventually I got over my shyness. This was truly a good thing, otherwise I may have missed the opportunity of getting to know my own wife!
Let’s remember that a relationship with God leads to genuine love that will motivate us to share the One we have encountered in our lives; the One who gives us inner peace; the One who will guide us in all things; the One who can give us real rest; the One who will show what true love looks like. I am starting to be filled with adrenaline. Aren’t you? Wow, come on over, I have some great news for you!
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