Sometime ago I updated my facebook status to read, "Dear You, You've redefined the WOW of what I am looking for in a man."
The "You" is a guy who reeled me in some summer ago as we sat on top of a lifeguard stand. We exchanged stories and smiles, well after the sky had faded into night.
He seemed different from the city men I was accustomed to - there wasn't anything particularly "flashy" about him. He wasn't overly attractive (like the model I had dated), overly wealthy (like the man with the gold mine who took me out for drinks), or overly well-known (like the one who prayed for the president on television.)
Instead, he was comfortable. I was comfortable. I felt safe with him - even though we had met only hours before. My spirit told me he could be trusted. And I felt perfectly content sitting beside him.
Yet, as summer shifted to fall, I was hesitant - because I still wanted the "greatness" of New York - a him who the world - not just me - acknowledged as amazing.
But "You" was patient (as love is) and persistent with me, and it didn't take long for me discover the greatness in him.
He was gentle - a gentleman. Author Erwin McManus once pointed out, "It takes a lot of strength to be a gentle man." He went on to explain that much self-control is needed to not act out in anger or rage, and to still be kind even when the world isn't.
Like I said, I felt safe with him. I felt safe in conversation, and when he held me in his arms. I knew he'd be an amazing husband, and father.
Yes, he was different from what I had envisioned, but a good different. I explained to my lawyer friend that when I thought of "You" I thought of Jesus. And how the people anticipated a Messiah of a different sorts - one who would take over their kingdom with a power they understood.
Instead, the week before his death on the cross, Jesus road into Jerusalem on a donkey - a sign of humility. And instead of overtaking the throne, he laid down his life - that we might have life.
Jesus is different - far greater and far safer than perhaps what we have been made to believe. And he is committed to journeying with us into eternity.
As the leaves departed from the trees, "You" decided to part from me in his pursuits to serve those overseas. Yet he has shown me much and who he is - in Christ - still amazes me.