It’s such an exciting time in a girl’s life when the guy of her dreams proposes and her answer is yes. From huge jumbotron screens in sporting stadiums to Christmas lights spelling out “will you marry me”, the uniqueness in each personal proposal makes the romantic in me smile. I remember my favorite TV commercial years ago that showed a young couple standing in a field. The handsome, masculine guy pointed to the sky, directing the girl’s attention to an old airplane that was twisting and looping, dragging behind it white smoke that spelled out the message “Marry Me, Sue”. Any public proposal I’ve ever watched seems to have the audience on the edge of their seats. For a split second, we hold our breath as we wait for her response. Will she say yes?
For several years now, a theme for bridal showers has been “She said yes!” The phrase is printed on napkins and matching balloons and often spelled out in icing on the cake. I got such a kick out of a group of friends who added a twist to the “She said yes!” theme. They surprised the newly engaged girl—who loves all things French—with a shower in Parisian décor and a sign that announced, “She said OUI!” (Just a friendly reminder for those of us who didn’t take French class in high school: Oui is pronounced “wee” and, of course, means yes.)
These fabulous proposals remind me so very much of Jesus’s proposal to us . . . His proposal (Matthew 4:19) to come and follow Him. His invitation to come and be His lifelong best friend and constant companion is extended to all of us. Just like the groom, he asks and we get to decide. Will we say yes?
Our enemy, the accuser of the brethren, whispers, “It will cost too much . . . It will be too hard . . . He will send you to Timbuktu to be a missionary, and every day you will be miserable.” But Jesus said, “I have come to bring you life and life more abundantly.” That French-themed engagement party reminds me of what life is truly like when Jesus is allowed to rule and reign in our hearts.
Like being on the top of a roller coaster or small Ferris wheel (depending on our individual relationship with heights), our yes is really, “She said WHEEEEEEEEE!!” I know some may tell you, “No, the Christian walk is full of suffering; it’s picking up your cross, following Him, and denying your flesh for His plans.” Yes, this is all true. We are not guaranteed the ability to avoid hardship, but the just shall overcome. Even when we seem to be all alone, He will never leave us nor forsake us. Even when we die, we step right into heaven (to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord). The times that I have wrestled the most with what He is asking me to do or giving up completely are the times that later I experienced my greatest moments of joy. Sorrow may last for the night, but joy comes in the morning.
I don’t know about you, but I have experienced a joy unspeakable because I said yes and daily choose to say yes to Him. There is no greater adventure—no bigger thrill and deep-down peace—than when He asks and we grab His nail-scarred hand and say, “WHEEEEEEEEEE!!”