The prophet Joel’s clarion call to repentance:
Even now, says the LORD,
return to me with your whole heart …
What does it mean to put our whole heart into something? Lovers do. In the infatuation stage, sure. But also in mature love, when trials and obstacles present themselves and a couple is beset by sadness, frustration, or other strong emotions.
As for us and God, how many of us are still infatuated? Still stuck in young love, expecting the ideal God to fulfill us? How many of us have stuck it out with God, through thick and thin, hell and high water, and so on?