Finding hope in love.

14 Feb

Ohhhh Valentine’s Day.. I have to admit I am one of those people who really doesn’t appreciate Valentine’s Day. I feel like it can exploit those who are lonely, those who have loved and lost, and also is a ploy for Hallmark and candy companies to make money. So for me, Valentine’s Day usually becomes a day where I am extremely sarcastic and cynical about love, and I focus on the negative aspects of such a day… I shoot cupid with his own arrow.. and not to make him fall in love… I shoot to kill.

Today on this lovely Valentines Day, I sat down to do my devotion. My devotion is not one that goes by date, it just is a 365 day devotion that you do as you can. But I’ve found that God works in amazing ways through this book. He usually speaks to me very clearly, and his messages are very relevant to the time I’m going through it.

I sat down and opened my devotional to day 121, and the lesson was from Song of Solomon… OF COURSE!! I have to say I approached this with a poor attitude.. GREAT.. I’m gonna read about this sickening love story.. on Valentine’s Day… PERFECT! but as I read, I felt a change in my heart, the words slowly filled my soul.

Song of Songs 4:9-15 (Message)

You’ve captured my heart, dear friend. You looked at me, and I fell in love. One look my way and I was hopelessly in love! How beautiful your love, dear, dear friend– far more pleasing than a fine, rare wine, your fragrance more exotic than select spices. The kisses of your lips are honey, my love, every syllable you speak a delicacy to savor. Your clothes smell like the wild outdoors, the ozone scent of high mountains. Dear lover and friend, you’re a secret garden, a private and pure fountain. Body and soul, you are a paradise, a whole orchard of succulent fruits — Ripe apricots and peaches, oranges and pears; Nut trees and cinnamon, and all scented woods; Mint and lavender, and all herbs aromatic; A garden fountain, sparkling and splashing, fed by spring waters from the Lebanon mountains.

I read these words, and my heart turned from this sarcastic negative place, to this place of awe. This place of awe at the beauty of love, the possibilities of love. A love that describes another’s body and soul as a paradise.

It’s been hard, as of late, to think positively of the state of the world we live in. I’ve lost considerable amounts of faith in people.. I’ve been jaded a bit. But when I read this, I saw the potential for something amazing. For people to look beyond themselves and be just absolutely enthralled and overcome by love for another person. I saw the potential for me to break through my jadedness and see others in such a light.

There’s so much hope in this kind of love.

Even as my girlish heart swoons at these verses, I don’t just see it as the possibility for romantic love here on Earth.. I see it as a glimpse of what the Creator of the universe feels for me. The Creator feels it for you. The Creator feels for every person you come into contact with. What he feels is way beyond the words of this verse.. and it’s hard to believe.. He feels that for little ole me? His love transcends condition.

I found myself exchanging my poor attitude, for a heart filled with hope, and filled with this sense of incredible peace. The fairy tales we see in movies, in books, in other aspects of our culture seem so far fetched. But it’s right here in the bible. And it’s not shallow like romantic comedies. It’s a love that is solid, durable.. time tested. This potential lies in each and everyone of us. This love has the possibilty to overcome all the bad in the world.. all of the terrible things that don’t make sense.

Song of Solomon 8:6-7, 11-12

Hang a locket around your neck, wear my ring on your finger. Love is invincible facing danger and death. Passion laughs at the terrors of hell. The fire of love stops at nothing — it sweeps everything before it. Flood waters can’t drown love, torrents of rain can’t put it out. Love can’t be bought, love can’t be sold– it’s not to be found in the marketplace.

So my hope is.. that as you go through this Valentine’s Day, that you don’t look to the cards, candy, chocolates, candlelight dinners, sappy love songs, the things of the marketplace for some feeling of love. I hope that are filled with hope and captivated by the potential in each of us to love. Whether or not you have a significant other, I hope you are overtaken by the magnitude of love God has for you. A love that stops at nothing, that can’t be drowned or bought or sold. I also hope that you realize the potential in yourself to have this kind of passionate love for others. I hope in some way you live that out today. Whether for a friend, a family member, or a complete stranger… because after all, God is love. Let’s share the Creator.

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