Valentine’s Day has not always been my favorite day. In fact, as a single college gal, I abhorred it. If I could grab ahold of my younger self I’d speak these words to my confused and young heart.
Sure, our culture prizes romantic love and sex, and so it makes Valentine’s day a really big deal. This is such a big deal that often, those who don’t have that special someone in their lives feel left out. And that’s just too bad.
Because Hallmark didn’t invent romance. God did.
He created love and romance for one reason, to woo us. My younger self would have done much better if she had approached Valentine’s Day with this perspective. God made love, and if nothing else, Valentine’s Day should remind us that he daily sends us love letters and tokens of affection.
That beautiful sunrise we sometimes catch a glimpse of is one token. The unexpected twenty found in the bottom of a purse is another. And still another is the laughter of a loved one. But the best token of all is God’s son, who became God in the flesh and gave his life for us. That is love defined.
If I could talk to my younger self I would tell her that this week I’m memorizing this verse, “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given from heaven.” (John 3:27) The only way I can adequately love anyone is to first receive God’s love, the greatest Valentine of all. If I spend too much time focussing on what I don’t have on Valentine’s Day I will surely miss the most important thing I’ll ever possess: God in the flesh, love in the form of a man who gave everything for me and for you. How much more romantic can you get?
We forget that, I know I did as young single girl, and even now as an older married girl I still forget that love started with God. We get the extra gift of sharing that love with others along the way, but it all started with him. In the beginning, he was love and he was waiting to romance us all. His love is undeserved and unmerited, but he gives it freely just the same.
Whether you’re married or single or somewhere in between, this Valentine’s Day let’s receive that love. It’s the love that gives us life and shows us how to love others.