I have never been a huge Valentine's day person. In fact, I think I more often make fun of the holiday than I think of it's sweetness. I think we should be recognizing the love we have for each other every day, not just on a day that is full of over the top flowers, candy, big gestures, etc. But this year, I decided to get over my distaste for the holiday and just dwell a little bit on the love that the Lord has blessed me with through my husband. With that said, I have to share a little story with you to give you a taste of the love I share with my husband.
Two and a half years ago, before my husband and I were even engaged, he was getting ready to go back to graduate school (across the country from me) and he said that he wanted to give me something. He warned me that it was in a jewelry box, but not to get worked up because it wasn't THAT piece of jewelry. Not knowing what to expect, I opened the box and found this beautiful opal necklace on a delicate gold chain. I noticed that the box was a bit dusty and that it creaked when I opened it, which was a bit odd- but I did not anticipate the story that explained this mystery.
When my husband was 12 years old, he went on a trip to Australia with a student group. Among many activities, they visited an opal factory. The factory explained how these are not the same as the opals you will find in the U.S.- that they are of a higher quality.... okay, let's be honest I can't remember the rest of that explanation, but it's not the point of the story. My husband continued this story telling me how he knew he was going to buy a necklace for his aunt (because his uncle asked him to), and his mother, but then he told me how he wanted to buy a third one for a more personal reason. He decided that he wanted to buy another opal necklace to give to his future wife some day. umm.. WHAT?! So he bought three necklaces, took them home, and hid the last one in his closet. And 12 years later he dug out the necklace and gave it to me.
My jaw dropped when he finished the story and presented me with the necklace. I could not get over how sweet that story was. I mean seriously, what 12 year old boy would think that far ahead, with no particular girl in mind, just thinking to himself 'hey, that'd be great to give to my wife someday!' Needless to say, I am a lucky lady.
Thinking about that story gets me every time. I am seriously amazed at the way that God provided for me with my husband. He loves me in such a beautiful, caring, selfless, wholehearted way that it seriously throws me for a loop sometimes. And what I really appreciate is that he gives me a glimpse of the way that God loves us. It is hard to imagine that God loves us in an even grander, more perfect way than we could ever experience here on earth. I am so so thankful that the Lord has blessed me with this sweet, sweet man to spend the rest of my life with and to remind me of the One who loves me even more.
Okay, my moment of mushy gushy, cheesey lovey dovey-ness is over. Hopefully you made it through without gagging ;) But in all seriousness, my hope for you today is that you might know that you are truly loved. Even if you don't feel it at this moment, I promise you- there is One who loves you much more than you can possibly imagine.