It is Valentine’s Day…the day of love. Many look forward to special dates or quality time with their significant others. Some may even give and/or receive special gifts as a token of affection. Some, on the other hand, may consider it a Hallmark holiday and choose not to participate, or give into, the commercialization of the holiday.
What is love? 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NLT) says, “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”
How can we be love? Well, replace the word love in the definition of love with the word I. “I am patient and kind. I am not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. I do not demand my own way. I am not irritable, and I keep no record of being wronged. I do not rejoice about injustice but rejoice whenever the truth wins out. I never give up, never lose faith, am always hopeful, and endure through every circumstance.”
As this day comes to an end, I cannot help but reflect on what has been a very special Valentine’s Day. It has been a day of…being love. My husband is away on a retreat this weekend leading a bunch of middle school kids as they learn about God’s unfailing love. I have spent the weekend with some special friends who are going through some very difficult health journeys. We have laughed. We have cried. We have cried because we were laughing so hard. We were serious. We were silly. I even had the opportunity to teach them about and share some of my dōTERRA® Essential Oils, making some of their struggles just a little easier. This evening, I spent time with my family celebrating our family’s newest homeowners and this new season in their lives. Then, after driving home through snow and crazy winds, I shoveled the neighbor’s sidewalks for church tomorrow, even though, I am sure the crazy winds will destroy my efforts.
As I settle down for the evening, I am in awe of how God orchestrated the events over the past two days. My plans were thwarted as He had His own! I am so grateful for opportunities to be the hands and feet of Jesus, a weekend of being love instead of celebrating love. I am grateful for another friend who, at the spur of the moment, came alongside me to be love as well. It has given this holiday new meaning and brought a depth to it that brings me to my knees. God’s presence has been irrefutably evident throughout this weekend. So, as I reflect and thank Him for using my husband and I for His Glory this Valentine’s Day, this is my prayer for my very special friends and for all of you tonight.
“When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:14-21 (NLT)