MOVING FORWARD ◽ ENCOURAGEMENT
Regardless of how you feel about it, it's almost Valentine's Day again.
I know that not everyone feels the way I do, but I think it's a super fun holiday. It's a great reminder for couples to appreciate and celebrate what they have. And even though I don't have that special relationship right now, I look forward to and believe in that fun aspect of love. Roses, candy hearts, pink champagne, diamond jewelry, steak dinners with chocolate covered strawberries…so much fun!
I don't have to have it to enjoy that other people do.
But we know that love is not always fun. It's staying up all night with a sick baby, taking care of an elderly parent or spouse, working two jobs to put food on the table, driving all night to be with someone in a crisis situation.
(photo courtesy of Doug Gephardt)
It's giving when you're exhausted and sometimes it's taking risks when there's no guarantee that anything will be understood or returned.
Love is often uncomfortable and even painful.
God knows all about the not-so-fun aspects of love.
1 John 4:10 says,
"Now this is love:
Not that we loved God,
but that he loved us and sent his son as an
atoning sacrifice for our sins."
How that was worth it to him is something we will probably never wrap our heads around until we see him face to face, but it does mean we have a Lover who is way crazier about us than we are about him. And he is excited about what he is getting out of the deal. It wasn't something he did with his hands on his hips thinking we'd darn well better appreciate it. He did it for the joy set before him. And we, in all of our imperfections and distractions, are that joy. He did all of that to win us over.
So, if, like me, you aren't getting any roses or candy hearts this year, just know that a very important someone is head over heels loopy for you and is always patiently waiting to be a little closer to you. He gave of the very deepest kind of not-fun love so that you would know what it means to be his beloved. He smiles at the thought of you. He is excited about your tomorrow.
You are treasured.
You are precious, every single moment of every single day.
You are loved.