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Yesterday, I saw Disney’s Tangled in theaters with my little brother Luke. Throughout the movie, I attempted to hide my tears. For some reason, and I don’t know at what point I became such a softie, the movie broke my heart. So, it’s a retelling of the story of Rapunzel and her hair. She is a kidnapped princess and every year, her King and Queen parents have a festival on her birthday hoping she will see the lanterns everyone releases into the night sky and come home to them. I just downright bawled throughout the scene where Rapunzel makes it back to her  kingdom and sits in a boat watching all the lanterns in the sky that are there for her. And she doesn’t even know it. They are there for her! All those lights, every year, are released into the sky with the hope that they will bring her home. It’s a romantic setting, so Rapunzel and her man friend Flinn sing a song with lyrics something along the line of, “I’ve finally seen the light.” Now, I know they were eventually referring to each other, where they both realize that they want to be with each other forever blahblahblah. But, I couldn’t help but think of the story of the Prodigal Son that Jesus tells in the book of Luke. Tears streamed down my face when the King and Queen are finally reunited with their lost princess.

I think a lot of people are familiar with the Prodigal Son story, but I will summarize it again. So there’s this rich father, and one of his sons is tired of living at home, so he asks his dad for his share of the inheritance now. And the father obliges, even though his son as good as considered his own father dead by requesting the money. The father lets his son go, and he waits everyday, looking out toward the road, to see if his son will come home. Meanwhile, the selfish son squanders his inheritance and is reduced to eat with the pigs. So eventually, he conjures a plan to go home and ask his dad to work for him, as a servant. But, when his father sees him from far off, he goes running, throws his robes and ring on his finger, and throws a huge party with lots of food.

We are the Son, and God is the Father. Go figure.

In Tangled, Rapunzel’s parents had a festival EVERY YEAR on her birthday in hopes she would return. There’s a heartbreaking scene right before they release the first lantern where the King and Queen look into each others’ eyes in hope and despair. It was the 18th year. When Rapunzel finally realizes she’s the lost princess, she goes home, and before that, she even claims that she will fight for the rest of her life to get there if she has to. After she arrives, there’s a HUGE party. And the entire kingdom was waiting expectantly.

I had plans to write this blog before I saw Tangled. However, I thought it was worth noting because it was such a good representation of God’s character. Before I dive into this, let me explain where I’m coming from.

This summer and this past semester, I grew to know a part of God I never knew before. I like to call it the “Charlie Brown” factor. There’s this great quote that I joke is the “story of my life.” Charlie Brown says, “Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love.” And boy, have I experienced that! I mean, most of my life I have experienced unrequited love. In fact, I’m not so sure it’s over. I tend to love a lot more than most people. It’s just my thing.

There was a moment this summer that I was heartbroken over some friendship issues. It was painful and I didn’t know what to do. What occurred to me was how heartbroken I was from problems with one friend, how much more God must hurt over the billions that reject him on a daily basis. Realizing this deepened my heartbreak, but also deepened my need to love well. For God’s sake, I want to love people who reject me, who don’t love me back.

It’s EXHAUSTING.

Then, as I have mentioned, my boyfriend broke up with me in November. I was in love. He wasn’t. Major heartbreak. More than ever though, I believe that my heart got closer to God’s. Just think about it. He is the biggest most rejected being EVER. He is so madly in love with us, because he KNOWS US. He knows every little thing about us, because he made us, and he just couldn’t be crazier about us. That’s why he wants us to love him back so badly. He carries the Universe’s biggest torch (maybe that’s what the sun is…). As a Sovereign God, he has the compassion, grace, and love to respect our decision to accept or reject him. What a gentleman. So, what could I do but respect the people I love’s decisions to reject me and not love me back? It hurts so bad. It is probably the most painful thing, not being loved.

But the fact that God deals with that on such a grander scale just totally blows my mind. And I apologize to Him for it, and I tell Him I will love Him hard everyday for the rest of my life to make up for it. Luckily, he doesn’t need us, so it’s not like he’s starving for love and becoming emaciated for lack of love. He’s God. He doesn’t need us, he wants us. More than anything.

And not only is Jesus a gentleman, he’s a hero too. He would send out lanterns and sit and wait, and look towards the road everyday, he would post signs and have press conferences and knock down mountains for your love, for you to come home. He hopes and waits everyday. He gives you chance after chance to turn around and see him. But, he won’t force you. And you may be kidnapped and have NO IDEA he’s not that far, waiting for your return. Or you may have blatantly got up and left, and you are trying to find love elsewhere. But he’s doing things, he’s whispering in your ear, he’s trying to grab your attention. He’s so relentless. He’s madly in love.

I’ll leave on this note. There’s this song by my favorite artist JJ Heller called, “You Would Love Me Too.” The chorus goes,
La la la la la
I love you
Ooh, I really do
If you ever paid attention
I think you would love me too.

Think about all the times you’ve been rejected whether by a friend or more than that. When I’m heartbroken, I hardly eat. God gets that. He totally understands. Give God a chance. He’s the best thing you could ever invest your heart in.

THE BEST THING EVER, I promise. He’ll throw you a major party. And he’s waiting expectantly. He always hopes. So, give him a chance. He’s given you endless.

I dare you.

P.S. Most of the Old Testament is documented history of God’s unending love and grace and the constant rejection he faces.

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The other day I was asked what an average college student’s goals are for their time at school. We agreed that they were: to get a career in order to make money, belong to some sort of community, have fun, and get a hot girlfriend or boyfriend. If you want to step out even further, you might ask: What are an average person’s goals in life? Well, if they are somewhere along the same lines as an average college student’s, then ultimately the goal would be to have purpose. I think sometimes people won’t admit that purpose is what they’re looking for. It’s a definite humility issue to admit that you don’t feel like you have purpose. Still though, I think that’s what people are always looking for. Something to fill them up.

For me, nothing has purpose without Christ. When I was younger, I used to he the kid who didn’t understand why anyone would listen to music that wasn’t about Jesus. I used to make fun of my friends who listened to Limp Bizkit by calling the band Soggy Biscuit. In my youth, I saw no point of singing if it wasn’t about Jesus. Sometimes, I wish I was still like that. For the most part though, it is hard for me to believe that anyone could be complacent without Christ.

You might be reading this thinking, “Oh BG, you’re such a Jesus-y girl, you would never be able to see it any other way.” Well, you’d be right, but I have good reason. Can I make a challenge? If you really knew Christ, if you really had sought him out and read about him and had all your questions answered, then you would not be complacent. I have a ton of respect for those who have learned all about my Savior and still haven’t chosen him. (Because beyond that, it’s all a heart issue.) When you know Jesus, and I mean KNOW him, not just about him, nothing is going to satisfy you. No amount of attention from the gender you prefer, no amount of substance, no amount of popularity, purpose in your work, family,  nothing is going to make you full.

I think I’ve said this about a thousand times, but I’ll say it again. Jesus is the only thing that will get in there, down deep in the crevices and cracks, the darkest places that only you know exist but hardly bother to pay any attention, only he can clean it out, make it feel good. Jesus can turn the mundane into the most joy-filled fun!

So what I’m trying to say is, you might be someone who is happy with your life. You might find purpose in your boyfriend, your school work, your good deeds, your friends or family, or even partying. But I’m going to say that it’s not enough. I promise you that Jesus is so much better than all of those things, more fulfilling than all of those feelings.

I am convinced that he is the best thing. And how could I keep that from anyone? I need you all to know. But you need to be convinced yourself. That doesn’t usually happen magically. You have to go through some amount of discomfort to get the most beautiful thing in existence.

I dare someone to prove me wrong with their life.

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