Need a Valentine? I Know Just the One For You!
February 9, 2017
by Andy Littleton
As a little kid, I didn’t consider myself especially “girly.” Little Kid Bridget was all t-shirts and jeans and outdoors and imagination. My lack of girlishness never stopped me from having a heart overcome with romance, however.
Valentine’s Day has always been a favorite of mine. Maybe it’s the store aisles transforming from reds and greens to reds and pinks, or the mysterious notion that someone, somewhere out there could be thinking of me, Bridget Gee…or maybe it’s just all the sugar! Throughout my school years, I made sure to bring gifts for my classmates and ambush my friends on early mornings with hearts, flowers, and mixed CDs. I never believed that romance was just reserved for the coupled.
Why should it be when I, who identify so deeply with romance- have never had a Valentine of my own?
I can’t help it.
I have an intimate relationship with Love himself.
If I were to paint you a picture of the most romantic gesture imaginable, I would describe a man who would rather rip out his hair and die than to live without me. Someone who thinks I am so valuable that he has to have me as his own and be with me forever.
A bit much? I stand by it. Bear with me here.
I stand by it because when I was three, I just knew that the God of the Universe- the Creator of all things and me- loved me more than my own parents (and I was lucky to be overwhelmingly loved by them). I knew too, that I loved him more than I loved my loving parents. Around the same age, I somehow grasped the notion that Jesus loved me enough to die so that I didn’t have to, and that he rose again because he didn’t plan on our love story ever ending. That was the most joyous news to my Little Kid Bridget heart.
Ever since then, I have seen that in our chasing of the “happily ever after,” we actually had access to it all long. I was always able to love my friends out of a place of knowing how deeply loved I am. God came as a man to rescue us from death. He came to claim us as his own- and he had to lay down his life in order that our relationship could be reconciled forever. What a God who wouldn’t just pay the price for our lives, but also return from death, having declared victory over darkness forever! And he did that…for me?
As you can see, my Love has already demonstrated the most romantic gesture of all. The deepest longing in my heart- to know that my life is worth dying for- is realized in Christ.
I’ll be honest with you, as a 27-year-old with a front row seat to countless real life love stories, I sometimes lose sight of my all-romantic Savior. I have many nights of heartache and longing that a great man would choose me as his partner in life. As if that would validate my existence. Lately though, I have felt my Savior tugging on my romantic heart to embrace the most greatest love of all.
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:12-13
Being rooted in the truth that our God laid down his very life for us, we can rest assured that we are loved beyond our wildest dreams. And like Little Kid Bridget, we can love our friends out of a place of security and overflow. It is because of the Gospel that we are able to show true love to one another.
This Valentine’s Day, my prayer for you is that you embrace the greatest Love of all, and that you are able to lay down your life for others out of a place of being so deeply loved.