“Jesus turned, and saw them following, and said to them, ‘What do you seek?’ And they said to him, ‘Rabbi, where are your staying?’ He said to them, ‘Come and see.’” (John 1:38-39 RSV)
Why do we date? To taste and see how good fellowship might be with the stranger. Regardless of the bio, photo, sound bites posted on the web–regardless of the recommendation of friends who know the person–the proof of the pudding is in the one-on-one encounter. Only then can we have any idea what a long-term relationship might be like.
Our Heavenly Bridegroom invites us to do the same: come with Him, share our heart, hear His replies. See how caringly He treats our dreams, longings, and timid confessions–before we commit. For marriage with Him, unlike our unions on earth, is not for a few decades but all eternity. We need to be sure. And He’s inviting us to “taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalm 34:8)