just like any girl out there, i am a sucker for love stories.
growing up, i was never exposed to disney movies. the first disney movie i watched was mulan, at age 9. and while i knew my friends were in love with the lion king, beauty and the beast and the little mermaid, i never watched any of those till i was 19.
(yes, i see some of your shocked faces)
as i grew older and began understanding myself a little better, i realised i loved love stories. chick lit, shakespeare, romantic comedies – they are my weaknesses. but nothing beats actually knowing true love can exist in a world that can admittedly be quite harsh, dark, and cruel.
i started reading wai jia’s blog a couple of years ago. a friend sent me the link and i remember staying up till 4am, reading page after page. part of me was amazed that someone would willingly write about their life so openly. another part of me admired her relationship with God – her reflections showed her vulnerabilities, fears, and doubts that eventually lead her back to Him.
but with the busyness of life, i hadn’t gone back to her blog in awhile, until i received a whatsapp message from that friend who sent me the link in the first place.
“omg i think the kitesong girl got married!!!”
and i knew i just had to watch the video, and read their story for myself.
and so… here’s the wonderful story of cliff and wai jia:
“nothing ever worth pursuing came without risk… i will risk myself on you.”
i think… most of us girls dream of a love like this. a whirlwind romance, a collision of the stars.
and if i’m being honest here, many of us christian girls want a guy like this: rooted in Christ, secure in himself and the relationship, and romantic – all in one package.
yet to see it play out in real life, to read about how God really had His hand on them both right from the beginning, and to see both of them trust God with almost reckless abandon – i am in awe.
growing up, i am moving away from the notions of a fairytale love. the silly high school crushes and butterflies in the stomach; experiencing those taught me many life lessons, but love is so much more. it is almost abandoning yourself for another person. it is a risk for both parties. both cliff and wai jia quoted donald miller on this:
“I will give you this, my love, and I will not bargain or barter any longer. I will love you, as sure as He has loved me. I will discover what I can discover and though you remain a mystery, save God’s own knowledge, what I disclose of you I will keep in the warmest chamber of my heart, the very chamber where God has stowed Himself in me. And I will do this to my death, and to death it may bring me.
I will love you like God, because of God, mighted by the power of God. I will stop expecting your love, demanding you love, trading for your love, gaming for your love. I will simply love. I am giving myself to you, and tomorrow I will do it again. I suppose the clock itself will wear thin its time before I am ended at this altar of dying and dying again.
God risked Himself on me. I will risk myself on you. And together, we will learn to love, and perhaps then, and only then, understand this gravity that drew Him, unto us.” (via goodreads)
may i one day have the privilege of saying this to someone special. (: