[Gentlmen: This one may not be for you! My tribute to the ladies.]
<3 Love is in the air. <3 Or at least so the stores tell us. The confectionate hearts and paper valentines have been on display since the day after Christmas so it's nearly unavoidable.Valentine's Day stirs a mixture of emotions depending on your status. Whether there's a special someone in your life you're planning to celebrate with, or you're boycotting the pagan holiday with its schemes to make fools spend money, the fact is the day is coming and inevitably some will celebrate and others may mourn.
"The story of your life is also the story of the long and passionate pursuit of your heart by the One who knows you best and loves you most." (Captivating)
I'm not asking the question if you have a valentine... I'm posing a much deeper question: are you in love? Who has your heart?
"Following hard after Jesus is the heart's natural response when it has been captured and has fallen deeply in love with Him." (Captivating)
Most of us have every good intention of wanting to follow hard after our Savior. But letting Him truly capture our hearts can be difficult when we have been wounded and scarred. If you've suffered heartbreak, there is a real fear at the thought of opening up your wounded heart. But to find healing, we must be willing to open our hearts and keep them open to the lover of our soul. He knows exactly how to romance you because He made you. He knows what makes your heart skip a beat because His hands formed your beating heart.
If we've tried to heal the wound or fill the void with anything other than His perfect love, then we bear the mark of His lesson in our lives.
"Therefore I will block her path with thornbushes;
I will wall her in so she cannot find her way.
She will chase after her lovers but not catch them;
she will look for them but not find them."
Why would He intentionally block our paths from finding the love we so desperately seek? Are we not created for love and pursuit, cherishing and romancing?
"In love, He has to block her attempts until, wounded and aching, she turns to Him and Him alone for rescue." (Captivating)
So He must get us absolutely broken to the point where nothing and NO ONE could possibly fill or heal. Because, typically, in our brokeness we choose not to deal with the pain. We shut that part of our heart, never to let anyone so much as know the depth of that wound and the buried desire. And that is exactly the place He seeks to tenderly heal.
"Therefore I am now going to allure her;
I will lead her into the desert
and speak tenderly to her."
Remember, He knows you. He intimately seeks you and romances you on a deeply personal level. He knows what takes your breath away because He breathed life into you.
"Trust in Him at all times, O people;
pour out your hearts to Him,
for God is our refuge."
You can pour your heart out to Him because you can trust Him with your heart. He will take the broken, shattered pieces and hold them as He heals them. You are His treasure. Let Him have your heart...and He will respond with nothing but unconditional love for you, His beloved.