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From heartbreaking romance to God’s true love


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When I was little, I wanted a love story like the Disney princesses all had because I thought that was what true love looked like. So I would pray for that from God.

When I got a little older, I decided instead of having a love story like the Disney princesses, I wanted a love story like Noah and Allie had in “The Notebook.” I thought that was what true loved looked like. So I would pray for that.

A few years passed, and a few heartaches came and went. But I was still focused on the happy ending of Noah and Allie — a love that could live on even when they were apart for so many years — because, of course, that is what true love is, right? So I would continue to pray for a love story like Noah and Allie experienced.

However, a real broken heart caused me to grow up and change what I wanted my love story to be. I now want the love story that God has planned for me, whatever that may be.

I had spent 20 years of my life being a heart-on-my-sleeve romantic, fully disregarding the warning in Proverbs 4:23 that states, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

So, at 20 years old, I began to pray, “Dear God, please give me a love story that is worth guarding my heart for until you make it known that that is the story you want to write for me.”

Even though that was the prayer I prayed, I found rather quickly that I really was a hopeless romantic and couldn’t hide that side of me. That led me to the most real, the most amazing love story I could have ever dreamed of. It is a love story in which I have become a leading character. There is no reason to guard my heart because it is so real it will never end.

This love story is between God and myself. It isn’t the love story I thought I would tell people about. But it turns out that it is the one I have been praying for all along.

Let me explain.

The Disney princesses love story surrounds the storyline of a strong, male prince saving a woman in distress. But I have found that God gave Jesus, a true prince because his father is the King of Kings, to save me, a human filthy with sin. By this act, God answered my prayer.

The next love story I prayed for was one like Noah and Allie. This intrigued me because Noah wrote Allie 365 letters, one letter each day for a year. I was amazed that a guy would take the time to write one letter, let alone 365 proving his devoted love. God, again, answered this prayer. The Bible contains 66 books. God way overdid himself to answer this prayer.

Forget 365 letters. He wrote me 66 books, including letters.

The final love story I have prayed for is the one that God wants me to have — a real love story. Again, God answered my prayers. In the 66 books God has gathered in the Bible, it is constantly shown that the love God feels for us is real. That is proven by his answer to my first prayer when he gave his son, my strong prince, as my savior.

My love story hasn’t ended here, though. God has planned a much more complex storyline for my love story than I could plan on my own. He proves this again and again every day of my life as he guides me in the direction he has planned for me.

This is not a conclusion because the story is not over. So I leave you with this promise from Jeremiah 29:11:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Columbus native Rebecca Brougher is a 2012 graduate of Columbus North High School and a 20-year-old junior at Indiana University in Bloomington. She can be reached at rdbrough@indiana.edu.

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