Psalm 86:5: “O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.”

Ready for Valentine’s Day? I’m not, but I wrote a love story this morning.  I guess this gives me a head-start, what do you think? My story is quite simple; it has only two characters in it, a guy and a girl (of course that’s all you need for a love story).  I thought if all of humanity was a girl and God was the guy courting this girl, then the love story would be one of the most dramatic ever written.

In the first episode, right at the beginning of their budding love the girl decided she needed more space, and she began to distance herself from the guy.  She began to hide and her behavior towards him started to change. She used to be like an open book to him, now she became secretive.  She used to trust him blindly, now she was wary of His affections for her, and she wondered whether he was for real. So she became quite standoffish and her love noticeably cooled off. When her change of heart became painfully clear the guy, agonized, asked her: “What in the world happened here?” When he received no answer he probed further: “Where are you, girl?” The girl who was hiding in the shadows stepped out of her hiding place with all her defenses up: “What is this: an interrogation?” she snapped and turned around to leave him standing there, staring incredulously. He yelled: “Where are you going?” And the girl never fully answered his questions.

She left the garden behind where they first met and fell in love.  And the guy decided to follow her trails; a long and arduous journey began. The guy had just one goal in mind: to find her and to bring her back. Meanwhile, a lot of time has passed, but the guy would not give up even as the girl continued to move further and further away from him. Their close bond was broken.  At best they had what we would call a long-distance-relationship, even though upon closer look this relationship was more like a one-way-street because the guy did all the work; he pursued her relentlessly to try to win her back; and of course his heart got broken in the process. A prophet of old penned down his feelings of despair; he recorded in the 11th chapter of his book (Hosea 11:8) how the guy lamented and mourned over the loss of his love.  His anguished cry was heart-wrenching when he addressed the girl: “Oh, how can I give you up? How can I let you go? (…) My heart is torn within me, and my compassion overflows.” He began to plead: “Please come back!  I can make things right. Just trust me!”- “Why would you still want to be with me?” the girl retorted. “Look at me!” The girl had changed. Her once refined and pleasant demeanor was now replaced with a rather stoic and crude appearance.  She wore provocative clothes, a cheap perfume, and her face betrayed lines of bitterness and cynicism. Her once soft eyes had hardened as she looked at him skeptically. She knew her beauty had noticeably faded. With regret in her voice she said to him: “I’m not the girl I used to be. You have to let me go!”

Despite the guys’ wholehearted attempts to win her back, the girl remained suspicious.  She would not allow herself to believe in his love for her. In his attempts to reconcile with her the guy came up with what he called ‘relationship agreements’, which she initially consented to but then, as time passed, she ended up breaking all of the established rules of those agreements. So, she left quite a bit of wreckage behind, and the end of this story is still to be written.  Every once in a while we see the guy sending her Roses with a little message attached to them.  It reads that his door is always open and that he would forgive her in a heartbeat.

Well, that’s my Valentine’s story for today and I’m sticking to it! We certainly have a good and compassionate God, full of love that never fails; and guess what: He’s ready to forgive.  All we have to do is ask. There’s nothing broken that He can’t fix.  We have to remember that! Nothing is impossible to Him.  Most of all we have to remember how He loves us.

“Kiss me and kiss me again, for your love is sweeter than wine. How pleasing is your fragrance; your name is like the spreading fragrance of scented oils.”(Song of Salomon 1:2-3)

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