You Are Loved

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Today is Valentine’s Day.

And honestly I really could not care any less about all the hoopla surrounding it.

Not because I’m single. I’m happily married. Not because my husband wouldn’t get me anything. He would. He’s asked what I want or if I wanted to go out to dinner, but I don’t want anything. I know he loves me.  He shows me by cleaning up the kitchen after dinner. By taking our son to school so I don’t have to get ready and leave the house on a cold morning. And many other ways.

I don’t need a commercialized day to tell me I am loved.

Maybe my disdain for it goes back to high school and most of college when it served as a very loud reminder that I didn’t have a boyfriend while all the other girls were receiving flowers and gifts from a special someone.

No it’s more than that now.

Girls don’t need to think that the love they really need is a fairy tale. They don’t need love shown by a card and flowers. Yes those are nice, but these things do not show them how much God loves them.

And that’s the love they need to know about when reality sets in and they experience a life that is not a fairy tale.

They need to know that they were fearfully and wonderfully made. They need to know that God knew about every day and every experience they will ever have.

They need to know that His love is far better than the love of any guy they will ever meet.

They need to know that in His own perfect timing He will send that special someone, but that His love is sufficient even when it seems that special someone will never come along.

They need to know they are loved no matter what.

Because when they can rest in and know they are loved by their creator then they become who He created them to be.

Psalm 139
5 You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
6  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot attain to it.
7 Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand will lead me,
and Your right hand will lay hold of me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me,
And the light around me will be night,”
12 Even the darkness is not dark to You,
And the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are alike to You.
13 For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will give thanks to You, for tI am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me, 
When as yet there was not one of them.

 

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