“At the end of the day, we want love and to feel love.” John Bellion
Valentine’s Day. It is the holiday that comes every February 14th, whether we like it or not. For some of us, it is a celebratory day where we are reminded of the love that we are privileged to experience daily and for others, well... it just plain stings. This day hits hard as it reinforces the longing of our hearts to find that special kind of love you seem to only hear about in epic love stories and romantic movies.
Years ago, when I was “super single” as they say these days, I was once again gearing up for my traditional lonely, and broken-hearted Valentine’s Day. This year though, a very peculiar thing happened. My doorbell rang two weeks before Valentine’s Day and a young delivery man stood there with a HUGE, gorgeous bouquet of red roses for ME! Confused, yet very excited, I couldn’t wait to see who they were from! The card simply said “Happy Valentine’s Day, Dana!” At the time, I didn’t know what to think of this, but I was intrigued that SOMEONE was at least thinking of me at this time of year. My curiosity got the better of me and I called the florist who had sent them to inquire about who the mystery sender was. They firmly replied that the sender gave explicit instructions and wished to remain anonymous. Fast forward to the next week. My doorbell rang and here once again from a different florist came an even lovelier bouquet of roses. "Ok, buddy," I thought, "Now you really have my attention." My heart was pounding, yet much to my dismay the unsigned card said yet again, the same thing: “Happy Valentine’s Day, Dana!” As this was from a different florist, I called to inquire about the sender once again, and had the exact. same. response. My man of mystery was indeed a SECRET admirer and certainly wished to keep it that way. One week later my doorbell rings, again. It is now Valentine’s Day! Who should be at my door you might ask? Yes, you guessed it, another delivery person with the BIGGEST bouquet of roses known to man! I thought THIS IS IT! THE BIG REVEAL! I thought it was Valentine’s Day after all. It was again of course, from a different florist. I was experiencing such a mixed bag of emotions. I felt flattered, excited, confused and truth be told a bit creeped out. But now I felt that would all be behind me when I read this card. I just knew my mystery man would be revealed and I could not wait. With trembling hands, I open the UNSIGNED card which once again read “Happy Valentine’s Day, Dana.” I called the new florist expressing my extreme frustration, yet the sympathetic florist as per usual, had no news to share about my secretive, potential suitor. My silent Casanova NEVER materialized. To this day, I have no idea who he was. Some have said it was my husband Phil, yet that was quite impossible because we had not met yet. I found it odd and incredibly frustrating that this man would go to so much trouble, and spend so much money, yet never reveal himself! I was lonely and broken hearted once again on Valentine’s Day, and despite three beautiful bouquets of long stem red roses, there was STILL no love connection for me.
My husband Phil and I have been married over thirty years. Many have asked how we met. It is quite a funny, little story, how our unique love connection came to be. I needed a summer job and was asked to be his mom’s housekeeper. It is a job I didn’t really want, but God had it all planned out. As I was vaccuuming one day, in walked the sweetest guy I have ever met. He had come home during his lunch hour and asked if I would like to visit with him. We clicked right away and before you know it, I walked away that summer with a lot more than some money to put towards university, but my future husband as well! Who would have known? Not me, that is for sure.
You see, life has a way of surprising us sometimes. I thought my epic love story was coming through three bouquets of roses, that had a Prince Charming waiting there for me at the end. Instead, I found my love connection while, scrubbing toilets and mopping floors right next to who God had handpicked to be my future mother-in-law.
No matter what we are looking for, it often takes time to find it. We live in a society where we are so used to getting everything we want right away. The Bible says that God knows the desires of our hearts and He is always working behind the scenes to meet our needs. There is a time for everything, and Valentine’s Day is truly about so much more than romantic love. It is also a celebration of ALL the people we love, like family and special friends.
Giving Valentine cards is a big deal in my classroom. It is always exciting to see the excitement that the kids feel giving and receiving them. I once received a love note from an ESL student that said in her limited English, I love you Big, Big, Big! It really spoke to me because I thought “Isn’t that just like our God?” He too loves us Big, Big, Big! He is truly crazy about us and loved us so much that He died for us on the cross WHILE we were yet sinners.
Please know that whatever your heart is wishing for today whether it be regarding Valentine's Day or life in general, if it has not come to fruition, this does not mean that God does not love you or you are forgotten. The Bible says in Isaiah 49:16, I have written your name on the palm of my hand. That sounds like a big, big love to me!
Please know that not only does God love you bigtime, but I do too. I am so honoured that you have come to my little corner of the internet and spent some time with me. As always, I welcome an opportunity to pray with you or continue the conversation further regarding how you can experience for yourself this amazing love that only comes from God. Believe me it will fill your cup to overflowing not just on Valentines Day, but 365 days a year and that my friend is the best love connection of all!
Until next time,
Sending so much love,
Romans 5:8 NIV : But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Little Lesson Learned: There is a big love from God waiting for all of us. Reach out and take it today.
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