In my present life, Valentine’s Day is something I enjoy and even look forward to. However, there was a time that wasn’t always the case. In my mid-20’s while many of my friends were in serious relationships or starting to get married, I was nearly always single. Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to get married and have children. Valentine’s Day was just a reminder that I didn’t have that in my life yet. I certainly didn’t hate the holiday. I was very happy for my friends and their relationships, but I was still lonely. The thing I didn’t understand at that time in my life, was that I WAS LOVED. God loved me, even when I was not loving Him and instead basking in my loneliness. If I had only known! Okay, maybe I did know in my head. But, I didn’t accept His love. I didn’t turn to Him for comfort when I felt unloved or lonely. I look back at that time in my life and wonder how things would have been different if I had accepted Jesus earlier. But, I am so grateful He never gave up on me! In my late 20’s I finally fully embraced God (or should I say allowed Him to embrace me) in a way I had never done before.
Today, I have a husband who loves me and children who shower me with love every day. But, I certainly have hard times. My hubby is a pilot with the US Marine Corps and there are many times he is gone and I am away from all my family. When I choose not to read my bible or turn to God in daily prayer, things become much more challenging and I begin to lack the confidence in my worth. But Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Our worth is not measured by how many Valentine’s cards we receive or how big the flower bouquet is our husband brings us. We are loved and He believes we are worthy of His love. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16. So for all the single people, the divorcees, the widows, my fellow military spouses and any one else who may have times you forget (that’s probably everyone!). You are loved. His love is more than enough to fill us up and make us feel whole. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.'” Let Him embrace you with His love this Valentine’s Day and every other day this year.