For those of you who don’t know me, you should know that I am single. No husband. No boyfriend. No prospects. But I still love Valentine’s Day. A lot of single people I’ve met take this seasonal opportunity to lament the fact that they are single and still haven’t found “true love.” And while there is nothing wrong with wanting to find love, I’ve always been one of the types who use the holiday as an opportunity to tell my family and friends how much I love them. Okay, so there’s a decent amount of spoiling and loving myself, too, I’ll admit!
Now, I don’t believe that there is anything wrong with the natural human desire to find love. Personally, I would deeply love to get married and have kids someday. But at this point in my life God has other plans for me, ones that don’t involve marriage. Sometimes I’m okay with this and I have the energy to become a warrior ready to take on the world. Other times the loneliness and longing hurt so much that it feels like I can’t stand it. It is in these lonely times that all I can do is pray that God would comfort me, and that He would use these desires and this energy to do great things for Him.
With that being said, this Valentine’s Day was lovely. In recent years our family holiday gatherings have become more subdued, but still memorable. Since all of us had the day off (a rare occurrence), we spent the evening supporting the kids/youth at our old church as they put on their annual Valentine’s Dessert Theater production, which is done as a fundraiser for their yearly mission trip. I spent my middle school and high school years performing in these shows, and it was nice to get to see one again. The bit that stuck out to me the most was that I have known most of the cast since they were born (for some of them, I’ve known their parents since before they were married!) Yeah… that doesn’t feel weird or make me feel old at all!
Oh, also, you are never too old to get a Valentine’s card and flowers from your parents – remember this!
To my family (because I know they’re going to read this eventually), I love you all more than I can say. I count myself blessed to be a part of your family!
I hope that all of you had a good Valentine’s Day!