This time of year always reminds me of Charlie Brown and his mad crush on the little red-haired girl. When February 15 rolls around, he mopes by the mailbox, lamenting, that he’d give anything if she had sent him a valentine.
To love and be loved is one of our most basic needs. Without it, we may survive but we won’t thrive. Unfortunately, the hunt for affection often goes hand in hand with hurt and disappointment. Even our soul mate will fail us at one time or another. After all, they’re only human.
Yet perfect love does exist.
It’s God’s love and it’s forever. And as the apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 3:18-19, it goes beyond anything we could ever imagine
God’s love accepts us just as we are and knows us better than we know ourselves – because He created us.
God’s love wants His very best for us and longs to grant us our heart’s deepest dreams and desires – because He instilled them in us.
God’s love sees only the good in us, forgiving all our sins and failures. In fact, He sacrificed His Son, Jesus, so that our slate could be wiped clean.
God’s love is free and comes with no strings attached. All we have to do is accept it.
Now imagine if Charlie Brown had looked in that mailbox, found a huge heart-shaped envelope with his name on it and the return address of his sweetheart… and never even broke the seal!
This is how it is for some people with God’s love.
They fail to see the many ways He’s reached out to them in the beauty of nature, the answers to unspoken prayers, the blessings they’ve never taken the time to count. They pass it by or shove it aside or are leery of it, thinking it’s some sort of trick. And so, with the weight of the world on their shoulders, they continue to struggle all alone when they don’t have to.
They leave His gift on the table and their lives unfulfilled.
And their eternity unsecured.
Like Charlie Brown, wishing the little red-haired girl would come sit with him, God is there, longing for us to let Him love and guide us.
He’s offering you a valentine that says, “Be mine.”
Please help people to realize that in this crazy, stressful world You’re only a breath away, ready to fill them with Your peace and make them feel loved like they’ve never felt before. Help me, too, to be a truthful representative of Your love to others, knowing that each and every one of them was uniquely created by You.
See: “Be Mine!”