Replace Valentine's Day?
I giggled when I read a message on social media about replacing Valentine’s Day with a second Thanksgiving. The favorable comments for another Thanksgiving Day sobered me as I read about spouses who lost their love and, by the way, who needs Valentine’s Day anyway? I doubt, though, that a hearts and flowers money maker like Valentine’s Day will ever be cancelled or replaced.
The whole thing got me thinking. I wondered about those folks and their comments of emptiness without a current romantic interest in their lives. I asked myself how I would face Valentine’s Day if I ever spent it alone. Would I go to the movies by myself and hide in the dark? Would I invite single girlfriends over and watch a romantic comedy while eating popcorn together? Knowing me, I would probably stay home, put my jammies on and go to bed real early to escape from the pain of loneliness.
That’s not how one girl handled it. A Christian brother shared a story about how his (now) wife spent Valentine’s Day while single. She had just given her heart to The Lord and committed to serve Him all the days of her life. She worked for a company whose supplier threw a party which fell on-- you guessed it—Valentine’s Day! She had to attend. She hated going alone. The pressure increased and her boss expected her to be there inviting her to sit with him and his wife. Oh, now that’s compensating, huh?
Then This Happened!
She prayed about the whole thing and decided to attend. In her prayer, she asked Jesus to go with her and be her date. Her attitude changed and she actually looked forward to it especially when she shopped for a new dress and found that “right one.” When she put on her new dress for the party that evening, she thought she looked pretty hot. She whispered to Jesus: “You know, I’m use to my dates bringing me flowers so I hope that you have some for me.” Wouldn’t you know—her ticket won her the table prize, a bouquet of red roses.
This true story fills me with hope. Jesus is the ultimate love.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Let us all, married or single, enjoy this special day set aside for love. Because the truth is, Jesus loves us. May you feel His love from the top of your head to the tips of your toes not only on Valentine’s Day but every day!