We all know that Valentine’s Day is this coming Wednesday the 14th. That is the day of love and romance. That is the day when a flying cherub shoots arrows into the hearts of unsuspecting men and women causing them to fall madly in love. Yeah, right. It is the day when the love of your life goes out of his or her way to tell you how much you mean to them by buying you a Hallmark card that says it for them because they are at a loss for words. Or, it is a day just like any other day where you take out the garbage, cook supper, and do the dishes.
Life is not like the Harlequin romance novels I remember my grandmother reading when I was a child. I have never had a bare-chested man on a horseback come and save me from someone who meant to do me harm. I have never had some fight a duel to the death over me and for that, I am actually thankful. And, Joe is not the type that will write a poem waning on about my flaxen hair or that my eyes are like deep pools of serene water.
I show my love in small ways also. I make sure that his coffee is set so that it is waiting on him when he gets up in the morning. I have a coffee cup already set out and waiting for him when he walks into the kitchen. I greet him with a kiss every morning and we talk about what we have planned for the day. At night when we go to bed, I try to have his side of the bed already warmed up by turning on the electric blanket earlier in the night. These are just small, very small ways of showing my love. There is nothing earth-shattering or even romantic about these small gestures of my love. These are nothing in comparison to what the Lord did to show His love for me and you.
God sacrificed His only SON for you and me. There is no greater love than laying down your life for another. The thoughts of sacrificing one of my children for someone else is inconceivable to me, especially when that someone else is not deserving of the sacrifice.
But that is not the only way that the Lord shows us his love. He shows his love in our creation. He made you. He took the time to put thought into your hair color, the way your smile would light up a room, and the special gifts He would bestow on you. He gave each one of us our own special gift, one that you may not even be aware that you possess. He has a plan and a purpose for each one of us because He loves us.
The Lord loves us enough to shine His grace upon us and give us the hope of salvation. When He takes us to His home we will experience His love and His light will shine upon our face.
This Valentine’s Day I will be showing my love to Joe in small gestures but I am going to take the time to thank the Lord for His LARGE gestures of love for me.
Have a Blessed Day!