Wow, it’s good to be back after a couple weeks of dealing with everyday life and its many challenges. I haven’t forgotten all about you though, and as we enter into the second week of February, I know a few people have already caught Valentines Day Fever.
I was just talking to my best friend Chloe on the phone recently about how this can really be an awkward time for those who may find themselves, for lack of a better word, Valentine-less… Much like ourselves!
And on other days its a little easier to agree that its great not to rush into a relationship, its great to use this time to grow and come into your own as a woman of God, its great to learn to be happy all by yourself before you start wanting to be happy with someone else…
Yes, its all great, but with all the commercials all over the media and movies and RnB songs and cards and chocolates and red roses and happy couples suddenly popping up everywhere you go, tacky knick-knacks being passed around as tokens of love, it’s easy to feel unloved if you don’t get a card with a heart on it.
Its ridiculous, but it happens. Every year. Like clock-work. You’ve got to hand it to the media industry for this one.
They said I had to be tall and skinny to be pretty, I didn’t buy it. They said I had to be rich and famous to be happy, I didn’t buy it. They said you have to get a white teddy bear stuffed in a coffee mug with hearts all around it in high school and I actually bought it! It was so ridiculous it had to be true!
As a single person in February, you pretty much have three options during this month:
1. Climb the highest mountains and swim the deepest oceans searching high and low for a valentine. Well, that would be a good idea if it didn’t mean that you’ve bought into the commercialization of romantic love in the media to such an extent that you can’t stand yourself on this day because your television or tell-a-vison told you to get a plus one to make you whole.
2. Be sad and lonely and stay indoors and pray that it all blows over on February 15th. Which is still pretty lame for the same reason why option number one is lame. Its an overrated celebration of warm fuzzy feelings, not Hurricane Katrina.
3. Decide every morning of every day that this is the day that the Lord has made and you will rejoice and be glad in it.
I like option 3 because whether you’re single or not, it’ll get you through any day. Whether its Valentines Day with no Valentine or any day when things aren’t going according to your plan but are perfectly flowing with God’s plan.
Because no matter what your tell-a-vision says, if you have the love of Christ, you don’t have the greatest lover of all time, you have Love Himself loving you and He is above and beyond time.
His vow is to love you not until death do you part, but until it brings you closer.
While others get a mass-produced card from the supermarket on February fourteenth about a crush, you get a love letter that begins with genesis and flows into verse upon verse, chapter upon chapter, and book upon book of His undying love for you.
While others get a red rose, His words came to life, with breath and flesh and feeling, and lived and bled and died and rose for you.
Those who nailed Him to the cross called it crucifixion, but He called it a marriage proposal…
Is your yes still impending?
Are you still hung up on your ex, while He was hung up on the cross for you?
Did you say yes, but live like you said maybe later?
What are your thoughts on this season?