Love at First Sight
Updated: May 7
Some say that there is no such thing as love at first sight, but I want to tell you that they are completely wrong because I have had that experience not once but numerous times in my life. Let’s start in the year 2001, in late September when I was a Senior in high school. I had just walked in the door to my home from an exhausting football practice, when at that time I heard AOL messenger alert on my computer. It was my best friend Harbolt. While reading the message, he asked me if I wanted to go with him to a buddy’s house but I informed him that I would have to pass because I was tired. A few minutes later I decided to change my mind because I did not want him driving alone because he had recently had back surgery and had a drain tube in him and I wanted to make sure that he was healthy enough to drive. So, because I am an awesome friend, I took him up on his offer. This would turn out to be one of the best decisions of my life. As we pulled up to the drive, I was expecting a couple guys to be outside playing basketball because back then when you would say that you are going to a buddy’s house, that was code for hang out, play basketball and or possibly party. I wasn’t disappointed to learn that it wasn’t a party at all because, again I was tired from football and it was a Thursday night so I didn’t want to stay up too late.
When we finally made it to the door, a girl in silk pajama pants opened the door. I was thinking that this was just his friend’s sister and that she just wanted to invite us in to get us out of the cold and to wait on his buddy, but I was completely wrong. I was shocked to find out that she was his buddy that he mentioned before and I didn’t realize that when he said buddy, that he meant a girl from South Point. I felt stupid because I thought I was tricked into coming with him to his girlfriend’s house, well so I thought. Her name was Amber, and she wasn’t his girlfriend at all but actually a friend. It’s a good thing because it would be kind of awkward telling my best friend that I fell in love with his girlfriend at first sight, but I was in the clear. We spent a couple hours there getting to know each other and shooting basketball outside and I flirted a lot and couldn’t help it because of the way I felt. I really didn’t want the night to end but it was getting late so Harbolt and I had to go. As I finally got back in the car with him before leaving the drive, I told him that I was going to marry her one day. He laughed it off and said “you just met.” I told him that I was serious and he could see determination in my eyes. So, fast forward to June 23, 2007, our wedding day happened and seeing her in the wedding dress again made me fall in love at first sight. Each day I fall in love with her at each sight of her. We are still married with two children, which leads me to the other times I had fallen in love at first sight was when our children Lydia and Sawyer were born.
With great blessings like these, one would think that nothing could top these love at first sight experiences in my life, but to be honest, nothing compares to the most important love at first sight experience I had in my life when I was a child. Let’s go all the way back to October 5th 1990. I was a six-year-old kid with big dreams and not a worry at all. There was something in my life missing, but I could not understand what it was until I finally was able to fill that void in my life that day at Hebron Baptist Church in Barboursville, WV when I accepted Jesus into my life. I was able to see his sacrifice on the cross for my sins even before I existed in this world and that gave me a purpose. He is the very definition of love at first sight and seeing his sacrifice in scripture is the most important love at first sight experience in my life. He loved so much that when he was dying on a cross and didn’t have much strength to breathe, he forgave those that put him on there and also the thief next to him. That is true love.
Finding out while reading scripture as a six-year-old and seeing his agony on the cross made me fall in love at first sight and I am so thankful for that. I hope and pray that if you haven’t had an experience like that, you will be able to see His love and you too will fall in love at first sight. I picture a day when I am able to be in awe in his presence and I know that will complete the love at first sight experiences I have had in my life because I will be able to see my true love. Scripture tells us when Jesus told the church of Ephesus in Revelation 2: 3-4 “You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Many times, we have these love at first sight experiences and they fade away from our mind and focus because we allow other things to distort our vision. We lose our purpose. I encourage you to keep your eyes on the love of Jesus and may you always remember that nothing compares to the love he has for you and if you have never experienced who he is may you do so soon because once you see who he is and understand his love, you too will have the greatest love at first sight experience you can tell others about.
May God Bless You Daily.