When this popular classic novel first appeared in 1847, author Charlotte Bronte had no idea how deeply it would affect a young girl more than one hundred years later. Though my circumstances were nothing like its heroine, Jane’s struggle for love in a cold and cruel world grabbed my heart and stayed with me through the years.
One part in particular inspired me with the courage to live likewise. Maybe it’s done the same for you.
Jane’s long struggle comes to a climax. Finally, oh finally, she stands before the church altar, her heart bursting with happiness. She’s about to wed her beloved when the minister utters those fatal words, “If either of you know any impediment why you may not lawfully be joined together in matrimony . . . confess it.” Jane expects no answer. She knows of no reason why she and her Mr. Rochester cannot marry.
But another does and declares that her beloved is already married and his wife still living. In utter shock, Jane turns to him. He doesn’t deny the charge. Discovering the heart-wrenching circumstances of his marriage brings understanding, but she still faces a horrible choice. Cling to their hard-won love and what happiness they can grasp, or do what is right. Her own heart breaking and knowing she is also breaking the heart of the man she dearly loves, Jane turns and walks away.
Because she chooses to honor God’s Word–even at great cost, God rewards her faithful love for him. Over time, he works circumstances so that Jane and her beloved Mr. Rochester can be reunited and married.
Through the years, I’ve found this to be true: Faithful love for God can be costly but, in the end, reaps great rewards with no regrets.
How about you? Have you found this true in your own life? What sacrifice have you made to remain faithful in your love for God?