It’s February, you know the drill. *cue the giant teddy bears, candy hearts (ew), and flowers* Who else gets a little anxious walking down the Valentine’s Day aisle at the grocery store? Should I pretend I’m too cool for Valentine’s Day this year and wear my most bitter shade of black? Do I embrace the holiday as a single gal with open, but certainly not full, arms? Ah, maybe I should send my mom a gift, but that would mean having to go to the post office, and, um, nope. Side note, how do those stuffed animals even fit through a door? Must take a lot of love and effort from someone. Wait, I kind of want a Valentine… But what does that even mean? HELP.
So because my brain is the way it is, process-oriented and all, I Googled where Valentine’s Day comes from to get a good starting point. I couldn’t really get a clear answer and these were my choices:
- A priest named Valentine performed secret marriages (scandalous) after an emperor ordered young men against marrying because bachelors make for better soldiers.
- A man named Valentine fell in love with a girl while he was in jail. Just before he died he wrote her a love letter and signed it, “From your Valentine” (… waiting on the romantic part…)
Either way, those stories kiiind of suck. Now that I think it over, what is the craze really about? Definitely not a random, old, or imprisoned dude named Valentine, but what we care about is the whole love part. Right? I think we can all agree what’s most important on the day of LuVvVv is that we know what love is and where (who) it comes from.
Who remembers the television show Run’s House?! Run DMC’s Rev. Run ended every episode taking a bubble bath where he said it best: “God is love”. That always sounded pretty cheesy to me, but it couldn’t be more true. The very first thing God did was love. He didn’t have to warm up to us, go through ups and downs with us, or even learn our deepest darkest secrets in order to love us. He just did. He just does. He loves us no matter what we’re doing, no matter when we’re doing it. So many times in rom-coms we get so enamored by the fact that person A made this sacrifice for person B, person A bought this and that for person B, or person A did made an Instagram-worthy gesture out of love for person B. That’s neat and all, but an even bigger display of love was made over 2000 years ago by someone who loves you way more than Jack loved Rose. God made history’s greatest sacrifice for us before Nicholas Sparks even knew how to write. YEET.
Although Valentine’s Day is mostly celebrated by couples and dreaded by singles, it’s a day we should all take part in – because we’re all loved. Sure, feigning bitterness might seem like the trendy or clever thing to do, but we all know love is actually really cool. We all know its worth, we all know the power of it, and we all know the importance of it. We know these things because we know what the OG love looked like. The more something looks like God, the more it looks like love. You can’t have one without the other (aww!), they go hand in hand (awwww!)
So when February 14 rolls around, I hope you remember this post and I also hope you eat that whole box o’ chocolates. Maybe your day won’t be aww-worthy, but its certainly awe-worthy. God is luv, Rev Kelber.