So this post has been brewing in me for a while. I meant to write it during February. I meant to write it around that most dreaded of greeting-card holidays, yes, Valentines Day. Well, I’ve meant to do a lot of things. As usual my timing is always a little late… Ha! How typical of me. How appropriate for me. I feel like that sums my life up pretty well… “a little late.” Well what can I say? I guess I’m just a late bloomer. But better late than never, right?
But “blooming” is exactly what this post is about. Nice one Jessika! (This is me patting myself on the back… haha!)
Well recently I just revisited a book that’s spoken profound truth into my life. It’s called Captivating, by John and Stasi Eldredge. Basically it’s about unveiling the mystery of the female heart. They speak of who God created women to be, how we reveal His beauty in a broken world, but how that beauty is under fierce attack (and boy don’t I know it!). They flesh out so many of the lies that so many of us have believed, and most importantly they show us how to find healing and restoration in the Lord. How we can find the love that so many of us desperately long for from Him – the Lover of our soul.
In this little excerpt they write about how He romances you. How He romances me.
“Every song you love, every memory you cherish, every moment that has moved you to holy tears has been given to you from the One who has been pursuing you from your first breath in order to win your heart. God’s version of flowers and chocolates and candlelight dinners comes in the form of sunsets and falling stars, moonlight on lakes and cricket symphonies; warm wind, swaying trees, lush gardens and fierce devotion.”
“This romancing is immensely personal. It will be as if it has been scripted for your heart. He knows what takes your breath away, knows what makes your heart beat faster.”
Well for me it’s a lot of things. The way the light comes in sideways in the fall, winter and spring and for a very brief period illuminates the bare tree branches against a stormy grey sky. Or when the wind tickles the leaves on the Katsura trees that stand outside the Phelps Center Studio C windows. Sunsets. Sunsets. I don’t think I need to say anything more about that.
I really love flowers. I do. They’re truly a gift from the Lord. They make my eyes light up and my heart smile. They’re so cheery and are always glad to see you.
Well I don’t need a Valentines Day, or a valentine to get me flowers. I can buy them for myself. And I do. Most of the time when I’m having a bad day. And they never fail to brighten my day. The Lord’s loving on me. With a beautiful bouquet. Wow. Thank you Lord!