Happy Valentine’s Day to all! I hope you’ve celebrated this holiday with loved ones near, or far. For me, it was fun to invite a friend I’ve known since college over for lunch. I love cooking for someone else, and in addition to serving my Borscht (red beet soup is very Valentine-ish!), I had made a chocolate cheesecake with coconut crust and raspberry topping.
We ate heartily and talked about everything under the sun—which, following a rainy spell, broke through the gray, bright as Heaven’s veranda. As we visited, I realized the value of having an “old” friend who’s known me in good times and deplorable; seasons when I was most unlovable…and today, finally showing signs of improvement 🙂
People say true love “takes the bad with the good”, and doesn’t give up on the beloved. That describes my Best Valentine: Almighty God, The Lord Jesus, King of my heart. Certainly His love for me has been unconditional, patient, merciful, and most gentle. He’s not shocked by the worst in mankind, and He knew what He was in for when He chose me long ago. I now understand that He saw my potential to grow into someone He could be proud of…not a saint, but someone I wouldn’t despise anymore. His love is powerful, it can overcome a lot of what’s wrong in a person. That’s why I have HOPE, why He is my Best Valentine.
People who love us will sometimes disappoint us, may even leave us stranded; but God will never leave nor forsake those who belong to Him. If you’re searching for someone who will love you everlastingly (not Hollywood-style, but heroic in the real world) when you’re exhausted from trying to be perfect, or in an unimaginable mess, I invite you to call on Jesus. He responds to merest whisper. His heart is always open, and BIG enough that He can be “Valentine” to the whole world.
May you experience the abundant, miraculous blessings of His great love for you today♥ Sandal Teaberry
John 3:16-17 Amplified Bible (AMP)
16 “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] [a]only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge and condemn the world [that is, to initiate the final judgment of the world], but that the world might be saved through Him.