Friendship and love · Relating to God

The ultimate imprint

I really enjoyed the Twilight series, and am particularly intrigued by Meyer’s concept of imprinting, where some of the Quillayute werewolves attach themselves to a human being of the opposite sex.
Akin to when a werewolf finds its soulmate, a werewolf and the person they have imprinted on are two parts of the same soul. They belong together and it hurts to be apart. As one reader said on the Yahoo Answers! website: “Imprinting is not always romantic, but it can become so. It’s like finding where you belong…”
The concept is powerful I think – two people, joined, united, inseparable for life. 

Jacob Black: master imprinter.
Picture source: twilightsaga.wikia.com

We’ve just moved into a new house, and one level we are imprinting ourselves on the space. We are uniting with it, pressing into it – and with each day, moulding and creating our own memories there. The first time we use anything there, whether the shower or the back door, we are putting our fingerprints all over it in more than just the obvious ways.

Every time we meet someone we imprint. And no, not in the werewolf sense. But we leave some kind of impression, positive or negative. And the deeper that relationship goes, the greater the impact it has.
In falling in love with my now-husband Michael I felt a powerful exchange occur. He transitioned from ‘boyfriend’ to ‘first love’, and the feelings I had in this moment were both terrifying and wonderful.
What is also wonderful to me is that God’s fingerprints are all over my life. He imprinted himself on me when I was just the beginning of a thought in my parents’ heads. He was planning me out – what I would look like, experience and become. Made in his image, I have facets of his personality stamped all over me, as do you. And when I chose to hand my life over to him, it was the most peaceful, life-giving imprinting process I could imagine. And he is still impacting me as I let him work out his will in my life. This is who I want to be most intimately joined with. Who I want to speak into my life the loudest. Because when I allow him to gently work on me, I am more likely to impact the world for good. I am in his slipstream, a branch of his vine, forever joined, linked and grafted in to his tremendous love and ultimate purpose. And the closer I get to him and his heart, the better life becomes.

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit…”

(John 15:4-5 NKJV)

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10 thoughts on “The ultimate imprint

  1. I loved the thought of us being imprinted by God! Thank you for being His and doing what He has planned for you . ..touching us for Him! God bless you and yours and your new home!

  2. I’m not familiar with Twilight, so I had no idea where this post was going. Relating imprinting in this sense, then to you in your new home, and finally God on our lives, it came together beautifully. I like the idea of being imprinted by God 🙂

  3. Funny that you posted that verse! I was just thinking about sharing this song and writing that verse hehehe. You may like this song called Abide by Jenny and Tyler. 🙂

    ❤ Ana Bella

    1. I love this song Ana Bella – it’s just beautiful, and amazing how we were thinking along the same lines! Thanks so much for sharing it – I hadn’t heard of these two before but will look them up as I really liked this. A great reminder to rest in the one who has all things in his hands 🙂

  4. “What is also wonderful to me is that God’s fingerprints are all over my life. He imprinted himself on me when I was just the beginning of a thought in my parents’ heads. He was planning me out – what I would look like, experience and become. Made in his image, I have facets of his personality stamped all over me, as do you.”

    So true…He knows us long before anyone else does. I love thinking of God’s fingerprints all over me. Our fingerprints are all over our loved ones and even objects that we hold as special or dear. He holds us in His Hands ALL THE TIME. How very reassuring.

    And He imprints us with a longing for Him that sometimes takes a lifetime to discover. And the closer we get to our Father, indeed the better life becomes, even when it may include dark or unhappy “growing pains.”

    Thanks, Ali.

    1. Yes! He doesn’t just leave us with a few fingerprints and leave us alone. He is holding us always…
      And yes! I like the way you put that. A lifetime to discover the longings deep down, the ones we were ‘wired’ to have… and in this closeness with Him we discover life anew. Thanks so much Sheila.

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