“…Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” – Hebrews 13:5
Growing up, I’ve always been a sucker for romantic movies, especially those with Richard Gere (unashamed girl confession). Though I’m not a great dancer, I’ve also always enjoyed movies that have a theme around dancing. Several years ago, I remember watching a movie called “Shall We Dance” that combined my interests of both Richard Gere and dancing. I’ve never been one to be deeply moved by movie quotes, but it was this film that provided one of those moments for me.
In one specific scene, Susan Sarandon’s character was explaining to a detective why we get married. In this quote she eloquently says,
”We need a witness to our lives. There’s billions of people on the planet… what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you’re promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things, all of it, all of the time, every day. You’re saying ‘Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go unwitnessed because I will be your witness’.”
As a young girl in college watching this film for the first time, this quote really hit me. In fact, several years later when I first started falling in love while dating my husband, I explained to him that I wanted to be a witness to his life. I wanted to let him know that his life mattered to me and that anything he did would not go unnoticed because I would be there. I wanted to be the person special enough to let him know that in a world of billions of people, his life mattered.
Now, as a woman in love with Christ, I see this quote in many ways as a paraphrase of the same things that Christ not only promises to us, but that we promise to Him as we accept His gift of salvation. No matter how alone we feel in our various seasons of life, we must remember that God is always with us. Whether married, single, widowed, or any other circumstance, God is our ever-present Lord and life Creator that lets us know that our life not only matters, but matters to Him. He is the ultimate witness in that His Holy Spirit dwells within us and supports us in even the smallest details of our lives that we often feel go unnoticed.
“Others were given in exchange for you. I traded their lives for yours because you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you.” – Isaiah 43:4 (NLT)
“Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:16
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9
Likewise, knowing that we now have a special bond with Christ, part of our covenant/marriage with Him is reciprocating that we too will be a witness for Him. In fact, His Word outlines this clearly in Acts 1 when He says,
“but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” – Acts 1:8
We also see this example in the New Testament with John:
“There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.” – John
We are to be His witness not only during the good times but the bad times. We are to praise Him during our tribulations and joys. He is a witness to our lives at a level that we can never truly understand or fathom, but because of His ultimate gift of salvation, He calls us to share all the ways we’ve witnessed His work in our lives so that others will draw closer to Him.
“Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.” –Psalm 96:3
“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.’” – Mark 16:15
Just as I tell my best friends about the sweet things that my husband does for me or that I’m proud of his accomplishments at work, we are called and moved to share the miracles and His sovereign role in our lives when we’re in a relationship with Him.
Please remember sweet sister, no matter how lonely you may feel at times, there is One who will always notice you and be a witness to your life. And no matter how lost and purposeless you may feel at times, You are always called to notice and witness for Christ.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10
Father God, we thank you endlessly for noticing our life and letting us know that we matter. Lord, I pray that I would never take for granted the companionship that you have provided in the Holy Spirit. Lord I ask that you provide me with the discernment, wisdom, and opportunity to daily be a witness for You in this world. Lord we thank You for Your grace, Your mercy, and Your ultimate gift of salvation. Amen