As I was going through my evening routine, I was listening to Jason Gray's, "Remind Me Who I Am," and I started thinking about the Valentine's cards and crafts I wanted to work on this evening. Side note: I have never been a big Valentine's Day girl - so the fact that this thought crossed my mind is unusual in-and-of itself.
As the song kept playing on single repeat, I started to think about love, more specifically God's love. The lyrics go, "Tell me once again who I am to you. Tell me, lest I forget who I am to you. I belong to you. I'm the one you love. That will be enough. I'm the one you love."
Can we even begin to grasp the overwhelming love that God has for us? I can only imagine - I know my parents have unconditional love for me. They'll love me no matter what I do - they are my biggest cheerleaders, and I know they always wish they could take away the pain when I'm hurting. I like to imagine, strike that, I know that God feels the same way. I forget that so often though.
Today at work, I was feeling overwhelmed and couldn't shake this heavy feeling that I'd been experiencing for over 24 hours. I got up from my desk, walked to the ladies room, locked the door behind me and just bowed my head in prayer. In that moment of "despair," I cried out to my Heavenly Father. And although it wasn't immediate, I did feel that heaviness release. Isn't it amazing that God can take away the pain when we ask?
Going back to my Valentine's crafts and thinking about love... so many times, we hurt those we love the most. In those moments we are selfish, irritated, impatient, unkind in our words or actions, rehashing the past, etc., but the Bible spells out, quite clearly, exactly what love is.
Love is patient, it's kind, it doesn't envy or boast, it isn't proud, rude or self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs... It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Every day of the year, we can benefit from reading those verses in Corinthians. Just imagine if we all loved each other in that way. Wow, wouldn't that be amazing?
I think I'm in the perfect mindset right now, regarding love, to work on these special tokens for the people in my life. Tonight I'm so grateful for His redeeming Love.
Live life glamorously,