Valentines Day has come and gone.
Relationships are formed and relationships are broken.
The concept of love in our culture is a sorry tangle of conflicting messages and images.
And yet, the love that holds me close is the same today as it was yesterday and will be forever. Every day, the One who wooed my heart reminds me again how much He cares for me. The longer I know Him, the more I realize how much there is to learn and it thrills my heart to think I have an eternity to do so.
“And I will betroth you to me forever. I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and in mercy. I will betroth you to me in faithfulness. And you shall know the LORD” (Hosea 2:19-20)
Sweeter than the most fragrant flowers or creamiest chocolate is the love Jesus has poured into my heart. Precious because it is much more valuable than I will ever know. Undeserved, unearned, and yet given freely.
When the storms of life knock me about, when way ahead is hazy and unclear, this one thing I know: “Neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39)
To know this is true, complete joy.
Lord, I do not want to be merely satisfied by Your love. I want to be enlivened, transformed, and overflowing. My feeble affection is a small droplet beside Your vast ocean, and yet I pray that would be all Yours.
O Love that will not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.