One morning, a week later after Alessandra had confirmed plans with the Carmichael family in the Congo about her trip to see them, she was chatting with Julia. Alessandra asked about her sister’s love life: “But I thought you liked…what’s his name? Same name as that famous basketball player that retired.”
“James Worthy?” Julia offered.
“That’s it! Wasn’t he paying a lot of attention to you on Christmas break?”
“He was. I liked him. And I thought he liked me too, but about a month ago, he suddenly changed. He stopped coming to youth group, has missed church for weeks, and stopped talking to me. I’ve given up hope,” Julia finished.
“I’m sorry. I wonder what brought about the sudden change?”
Just as life takes us through seasons, people come into our lives and out of our lives. The heartache teaches us to run to God for lasting love. Romans 8:35 begins with this question: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” It gives a list of things that discourage us, but finishes with this hope: “Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:39) No matter how disappointed we are with earthly relationships, we can always rely on God’s love for us, always faithful, always steadfast.