Proposals. Engagements. Weddings. Anniversaries. Bridal Showers. Bachelorette Parties. Rehearsal Dinners. Bridal Parties.
The Big Day.
Ever since Nathan and I got married in September 2016, our life has been filled with one celebration after another. Last year alone, we went to TEN weddings and even more wedding-related events. Last month, we initially had THREE weddings scheduled and last weekend, my sister and my cousin both said YES to the men in their lives. Needless to say,
the celebrations are FAR from over.
The days and weeks leading up to my sister’s engagement consisted of hours of planning, Pinteresting, secret phone calls, and FaceTime dates with her now-fiancé. How sweet it was to see Mithin loving Sarah by taking the time to plan such a special day for her. And what a joy it was for us to celebrate with them afterwards!
Love truly is a beautiful gift.
In this season of weddings-galore, and more so, on this Valentine’s Day, I’m reminded of the Love that outshines all others. It’s not Mithin & Sarah’s love for each other. It’s not my love for Nathan or his love for me. Rather, it’s the truly unconditional Love of God for little ol’ me. These words shared at church a couple weekends ago express it so simply:
“He loves us – warts and all.” | Dr. Dale Schreiber
Our sin-ridden warts don’t scare Him. Our warts don’t impede His ability to love us or cause Him to recoil from us. This is what sets His Love apart from all others. His Love is the bar. His Love sets the standard. And our love pales in comparison.
After Mithin & Sarah’s engagement, we gathered together as friends and family, celebrating God’s blessing in their lives. While it was a wonderful time, it doesn’t even come close to the kind of celebration that takes place when each of us says YES to Jesus! Heaven is filled with rejoicing when even one soul is drawn to Him!
I’m probably the most obnoxious of all the people who were there that night, celebrating Mithin & Sarah. As happy and vocal as I was about my joy in their engagement, I imagine the sound of the angels rejoicing when one of us accepts Christ as our betrothed is just deafening!
Surely, the rejoicing in heaven is
u n p a r a l l e l e d !
But enough talk about proposals and weddings. Valentine’s Day can be rough for those who are single, separated, or widowed. Even going to weddings and celebrating proposals can be difficult. I know this because I lived it at one point. It wasn’t easy… it was often a rollercoaster of emotions. I had to constantly remind myself that I was already loved far more than any man could love me. I had already been pursued. I was already betrothed to a truly perfect Groom.
Dad sent out an email update regarding Sarah’s engagement with a single picture and the subject line:
How sweet. How simple. No other words were necessary.
God called dibs on us – each and every single one of us. We’ve already been spoken for. We’re off the market. We’re taken. It doesn’t matter what our relationship status is – single, married, divorced, widowed. Regardless of whether you’re a MRS. or MISS, remind yourself of this truth:
You are already loved.
You have already been pursued.
You are already spoken for.
This Valentine’s Day, let’s choose to remember the unparalleled Love of God for the sin-ridden, wart-covered likes of us. Let’s remember the rejoicing that happens in God’s heart and in all of heaven when we say/said YES to Him. And let’s remember that each of us – even if we have a ring on our finger – have already been spoken for by the Creator of the universe. Remember: He called first dibs. As such, He deserves all our hearts – and He deserves them first.
Happy Valentine’s Day, friends. Let’s aim to love the people in our lives with the kind of Love Christ showed us and let’s rejoice in this very Love we have received.
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