“God loves you.”
Growing up, I heard that a lot.
Sabbath School leaders would remind us through Bible stories and songs.
Church school teachers would often tell us through lesson plans and Bible verse memorization homework.
College friends would say it through mobile phone text messages and random hugs.
Especially at home, my parents never forgot to assure my brother and me that there is a Creator who made us and who loves us all.
The Creator of the universe loves you.
When I was younger, I struggled with what it meant to be loved in the way that the media and pop culture coined it with the celebration of Valentine’s Day. Everyone knows that on this special day, people express their love for each other through heartfelt cards, heart-shaped candies, and that universal romantic sentiment of love—roses.
The struggle began with seeing my female peers receive roses from their boyfriends for Valentine’s Day each and every year. I would watch them walk around all day with the roses, simply beaming.
Later on, I’d listen to their show-and-tell love-struck stories of how their special someone surprised them with beautiful red roses and/or a heart-shaped box of chocolates. Such detailed observations would make me wonder when I would have a special someone who would give me roses on Valentine’s Day.
However, as I grew older in years and in my spiritual walk with Christ, I realized that God loves me more than a boyfriend or even my future spouse ever could or will. I realized that God loves every single person He created, male and female, more than we can ever imagine.
Helping me to further understand this epiphany is a poem. I came across it one February, just before Valentine’s Day, and it revolutionized the way I thought about that special time of year. I do not recall the title or the author of this insightful piece, but I do remember the one line in which the writer wrote, “God’s crazy about you! He sends you flowers!”
God sends me flowers?
I thought about the floral beauties of nature which I’ve seen year-round—the cherry blossoms, tulips and lily-of-the-valley in the spring; the hydrangea, trachelium, and triteliea during the summer; the dahlia, gladiolus, and sunflower in the autumn; and all of the beautiful magnolias and poinsettias in the wintertime.
Such blossoms led me to ponder the pure, unique God-given beauty of each floral masterpiece as evidenced through their variety of colors, textures, shapes, and styles.
So why was I waiting for flowers from a significant other when they were so readily available in nature from the One who created the world and all that’s in it?
The Bible offers wonderful insight on every issue ever to occur in our lives here on earth.
I found a solution to my struggle (which I recently realized was a form of worrying) in Matthew 6:25–33:
“ ‘So I tell you to stop worrying about what you will eat, drink, or wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds. They don’t plant, harvest, or gather the harvest into barns. Yet, your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they? Can any of you add a single hour to your life by worrying? And why worry about clothes? Notice how the flowers grow in the field. They never work or spin yarn for clothes. But I say that not even Solomon in all his majesty was dressed like one of these flowers. That’s the way God clothes the grass in the field. Today it’s alive, and tomorrow it’s thrown into an incinerator. So how much more will he clothe you people who have so little faith? Don’t ever worry and say, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ Everyone is concerned about these things, and your heavenly Father certainly knows you need all of them. But first, be concerned about his kingdom and what has his approval. Then all these things will be provided for you’ ” (God’s Word Translation).
After reading these verses, I realized that God does not want me to be concerned or worried about anything, not even something as simple as whether or not I will receive roses from a special someone on Valentine’s Day.
But just when I thought the lesson on love and life was over, I received another epiphany:
Just when you think you know how much God loves you and have seen how He can and will provide everything you need in His time, you’ve only begun to imagine the true depth of His love and providence for humanity.
God loves us so much that He wakes us up in the morning, giving us the breath of life to witness a new day. He guides us through our trials and temptations, knowing that if we follow Him, we will not only be successful, but satisfied.
This Valentine’s Day, I urge you to remember your One True Love who will never leave you nor forsake you. His name is Jesus Christ, and He loves you so much that He gave His life for you and lives again in heaven. He went through with the plan of salvation not only to save our souls, but to give us a chance to live an endless life of experiencing the simple and complex evidences of God’s love firsthand in a world free of sin.