Monday, February 13, 2012
Today’s Topic: For the Forgetful
Today’s Text: Song of Solomon 8:6-7 (NIV) Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love, it would be utterly scorned.
See if you can figure out who wrote this memoir of his first Valentine’s Day as a married man.
“That February 14 [the first of our marriage] I went to the USC library and spent eight or ten hours studying. At home, my wife cooked a wonderful dinner, baked a pink, heart-shaped cake with “Happy Valentine’s Day” written on top, and placed red candles, a small gift, and a love note on the table.
About 8 p.m., I got hungry and ordered a hamburger at the University Grill. Then, heading toward home, I stopped by to see my parents. Mom served up a great slice of apple pie. When I put my key in the lock about 10 p.m., the apartment was almost dark and deathly quiet.
On the table a coagulated dinner still sat in our best dishes. Half-burned candles stood cold and dark in their silver-plated holders. Then I noticed the red-and-white decorations. “Oh no!” I thought. I felt like a creep. I didn’t even have a Valentine for her, much less a thoughtful gift. I couldn’t even pretend to want the dried-out food before me.
After a brief flurry of words, and a few tears, she went to bed and pulled the covers up around her ears. Fortunately, she is not only romantic but forgiving. And I determined never to forget Valentine’s Day again!”
That story of a Valentine’s Day disaster happened to none other than Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family. I hope that doesn’t happen to any of you tomorrow. It won’t if you use today to plan.
As you plan your gifts and events that will reflect the true love of your heart to your spouse or fiancé, do a little heart check. Review what Solomon wrote about his lover in the Scripture above and see how much is true of what you call love.
- Can your lover trust your love? Has your heart been sealed forever, never to be tempted again by attraction to another?
- Can your lover trust your actions, so that anywhere you go and anything you do the seal of their love on your arm is visible at all times for all to see?
- Is your love until death parts you?
- Does your love hang on no matter how bad the circumstances of the relationship seem to be?
- Does your love still burn like a blazing fire?
- Is your love for your lover the most precious thing on earth to you?
Now, go plan the best Valentine’s Day ever, and then make sure the love that you show tomorrow is shown every day from now on! And as you make your plans, remember the ultimate Valentine hand-made by God.
To make a valentine God took two shafts of wood
And on that wood in love and anguish placed his Son,
Who gave his heart that mine might
Be made new.