February 14th is coming – Just another day on the calendar for some but for the romantic and lovers of Love, it’s a day that can create great bliss or great angst, depending on the current status of your love-life.
Whether we admit it or not – Valentine’s Day is a day that’s always been about celebrating love and romance.
Even in 3rd or 4th grade, I can remember exchanging red valentine cards with some of the cute boys in my class along with eating candy hearts with sayings like, “Hug Me, Love You and Kiss Me.”
As I got older, having a boyfriend on Valentine’s Day insured one or more of the following: roses, candy, dinner and possibly even jewelry! It was better than Christmas!
As my relationship with the Lord grew stronger and I began to be more selective about who I dated, Valentines Days would come and go with just a mere glance – I would try to ignore it as silly and not important- while deep down wishing I had a true love to celebrate.
Interestingly, my last serious relationship began with a first date on February 18th, 4 days after the dreaded or celebrated day and ended almost one year later on February 7th! Seven days before Valentine’s Day! I missed Valentine’s Day both years! First by 4 days and the following year by just a week! How did this happen?
And to make matters worse, my lovely neighbor put a gorgeous red heart wreath on her door to celebrate the day of “Love” – a constant reminder that Love was still at her house…but not at mine. To say I was heart- broken doesn’t even scratch the surface.
Looking back, I think God was sending me a message – a message I didn’t want to hear at the time but I now appreciate. This man was not my Valentine. He was not my true love. God, who is jealous over us and who is deeply interested in who we give our hearts to – didn’t want me celebrating Valentine’s Day – with a guy who had only given me a sliver of his heart.
Ladies (and guys), Yes, Valentine’s Day is just a day – but it’s a reminder to me that God has the real deal for me. Someone who is worthy of my heart and who is also willing to invest his whole heart. I settled for a guy who gave me half a heart and I was miserable.
I now love that fact that God never let him be my valentine because he wasn’t worthy, he didn’t have what it took.
This year, although I’m still single, I’m celebrating Valentine’s Day by going to a black-tie gala with a girlfriend. What girl doesn’t like to get all dressed up in a long gown and just enjoy being a woman! (and you never know who you might meet!) I’ll also be going to dinner earlier in the week with several single girlfriends whom I pray with on a regular basis, just to celebrate being young, single and the fact that we’re all waiting on God’s best.
The truth is, although culture and tradition tell us Valentine’s Day is a day for lovers – it’s really what you make it. This year, I choose to remember that God’s love is extravagant! Those who wait on Him will not be disappointed and best of all, He will not let me settle for a lukewarm, half-hearted love! Especially on Valentine’s Day!
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