Valentine's Day is upon us and because we live in a very "consumer-centric," society, we were bombarded with ads and signs telling us our love was not sufficient unless it was accompanied with the latest jewelry/chocolate/teddy bear etc. One can't help but be tempted to start thinking these ads are true. The sole purpose of an ad agency is, after-all, to manufacture discontent.
The kicker is - they are getting better at it every day. How quickly I felt owed an iPad after I found out it existed was nothing short of incredible.
I have experienced my fair share of Valentine's days as a couple as well as a single.
It was especially difficult some years, being single on February 14th. Knowing I wanted someone special to share that day with, I would often ponder over an age old question: "Does God care about my happiness?" I never really felt like I was able nail this one down in either situation. However, this past Valentine's Day, I was overwhelmed with evidence in the Scriptures that God cares so much about us.
His caring for us is so great, it is almost hard to recognize at times because that amount of love is something we cannot relate to giving (Ephesians 3:19).
"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God." - 1 John 4:7
"and hope does not push us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us." - Romans 5:5
"and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God." - Ephesians 3:19
What a joy it is to know that the God who created the universe, the same God who delivered Daniel from the Lions and parted the Red Sea - is the God that sees you, knows you, and loves you - ALL the time.