LOVE! What a wonderful thing. It makes us all giddy and giggly and warm. Love gives us a sense of wellness and rightness and wholeness, and we are reminded of that special someone when the word is mentioned. But love is so much more than feelings and physical attractions, as the world would have you believe. Love is a deep-seated committment. Love is not having to be right, even when you are. Love is not always having to have your way. Love overlooks our weaknesses and encourages our strengths. Love doesn’t keep a list of misdeeds and bring them up for ammunition when we get our backs up. Love sees beauty when the hair is a mess, the beard is scraggly, or makeup is badly needed. Love is for better OR worse, richer OR poorer, in sickness AND in health. Believe me, in 36 years of marriage, Les and I experienced all of those: better, worse, richer, poorer, sickness, health. It was committment that held us together when other things could have pulled us apart, and God honored that.
Today is my first Valentine’s Day since Les died. Were he still here, I would have made him his favorite candy, Peanut Butter Delight. That was pretty much a given. He would have brought home a card and a box of candy with NUTS. He was never a romantic in the sense of what we see in the movies, but he loved me. He loved me everyday, not just February 14th. He never wrote me love notes, but the way he protected me, even to his last breath, was his love letter to me. He rarely brought me flowers, but he worked hard at his job and here at home to provide for us. No, he didn’t “wine and dine” me, but he was always faithful and true. And I honestly believe he would have given his life for me if needed. What more could a girl really ask for??? I was blessed!
Just so you know, I am not alone today nor am I sad. My “best” Valentine is right here with me. He has been with me through everything. He never leaves me nor forsakes me (Heb. 13:5). He is my beloved and I am His (Song of Solomon 2:16). He is my stronghold in times of trouble (Psalms 9:9). He is my Shepherd and because of that, I shall not want (Ps 23). He loves me with an ever-lasting love (Jeremiah 31:3) and He is faithful (Deut. 7:9). He comforts me as a mother comforts her child (Isaiah 66:13). He instructs me and teaches me in the way I should go; He counsels me and watches over me (Psalm 32:8). He gives me strength and power when I am weak (Isaiah 40:29). He says I am precious and honored in His sight (Isaiah 43:4). He said if I would delight myself in Him, He will give me the desires of my heart (Psalm 37:4). He has plans for me; plans to prosper me and not to harm me, plans to give me a future and a hope (Jer. 29:11). Because of Him, I don’t have to worry about tomorrow (Matt 6:34) and if I trust Him, He will keep me in perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3). And don’t miss this one!!! He takes great delight in me; He quiets me with His love and He rejoices over me with singing!!!!! (Zephaniah 3:17) Now that’s a Valentine!!!!
Love truly is a many splendored thing. But when the flowers have faded and the candy is eaten, it is the love of God that really matters. His love makes your love real love.
Happy Valentine’s Day!