February 19, 2018 by Kgalalelo
I was sitting at a filling station the day after Valentine’s Day writing valentine’s notes to my two daughters aged eleven and eight. I had gone there for a cup of coffee in their convenience store as they have the Seattle Coffee Co. which I enjoy very much. I usually take the tall cup and this time I found a seat inside the store as they have an arrangement more like a coffee shop set up. I was exhausted having been at a meeting since 8:30 a.m. and only got to the office at 14:30 p.m. We had presentations at the monthly meeting and mine was the second and so you can imagine that I had to sit, wait, listen and participate too until the last person had completed her presentation. It was tiring and my neck particularly took the strain; it was throbbing at the back and that’s when I decided to take a drive and go refresh, relax and take a break.
I sat comfortably on a long rung stool in the café against the wall, held my cup of coffee with both hands and took very slow, deliberate sips. I was sitting on my own in the seating area as there were no customers, only the filling station employees. While sitting there, I remembered that I had to purchase gifts for my children for Valentine’s Day that had just passed. I had promised my little one that I would as on Valentine’s Day she woke up with excitement wishing me and my husband a happy one and giving us hugs. She told me that her valentines were her father, sister and I. I wasn’t sure if she understood what that was all about but the teacher had told them something in class, so she wanted to know what was it that I was going to purchase for her for that special day.
My husband and I never made a big deal of Valentine’s and so I smiled and shrugged her off. When we picked both of them up after school, the first thing that she asked was “Mommy, what did you buy for me for valentine’s day?” My child was serious about this and upset that I came with bare hands. Other kids had received gifts from their parents and while I was still trying to fashion a response she then said “are we going out tonight?” I wished I had asked the teacher earlier when I dropped her off in the morning what she had told the kids about Valentine’s Day or perhaps it was information received from other kids from their own parents. All I knew was that my husband and I were in trouble. We didn’t have anything planned for the evening either, I had to do the laundry when we arrived home and that was the only thing that preoccupied my mind.
My child was really sad that we were not taking this seriously and besides, she had presented me with a sweetie she purchased at the tuck-shop and a heart-shaped paper with a valentine’s message on it that she had written herself. The presentation was followed by a big hug and a kiss. She was truly in the valentine’s mood and I could hear that it meant a lot to her. I therefore promised to bring something the next day. So as I was sitting in the shop, my eyes fell on the shelf close to the counter and I saw Kinder-Joy treats. I knew that my kids loved them as the package includes a small surprise toy inside. They always felt enthusiastic about what they were getting and better, if it’s different toys. When I was done drinking coffee, I walked to the shelf, took two girly treats as they also have for boys with boy toys, walked to the counter, paid and then went to the car parked outside.
I wanted to find the appropriate message for the notes and so took some time nevertheless it had to be something simple for them to understand. I had cut two pieces of paper for my notes and though the older sister didn’t mind anything, I couldn’t do for the little one and forget her. I therefore, wrote the same message on both notes and decorated them the same and attached the notes to the Kinder-Joy and then left. We picked them up later from swimming class and I was asked if I had remembered to bring something for Valentine’s and this time I was prepared. I presented both of them with the treat and a note and they were very happy and grateful. My assignment was therefore complete. I had made them glad and it didn’t matter what I got them as long as it was something and atleast I gave them something they loved.
As we were driving home that afternoon, my mind was contemplating about valentine’s and I was thinking about what it really meant to me. It was a highly commercialised occasion in my books, with a lot of red around. Red is my favourite colour and I love most of the things they sell on valentine’s because that’s the only time you get to see so much red but it was just one of those days for me and besides, my husband never put much emphasis on it either.
Perhaps when I was younger it meant a bit more but I realised that I have evolved. It’s unlike a birthday, Christmas or New Year festivities for me and if I wanted a mug with a red heart, I would buy it myself anytime. I was moved, however, by the message I had received from a brother in the church about a valentine from Jesus. I tried to google the author and found it on: llerrah.com and wish to acknowledge the author for the inspiration.
The message reads: A Valentine from Jesus
I love you.
You are mine.
Your prayers are precious to Me.
Your life is in My hands.
I am always with you.
I am nearer to you than your own heart.
I gave My life so that you might live forever with Me.
All I ask in return is your love. Be My Valentine. Jesus.
I had never come across such a message that is so personal from the Lord. I felt it in my spirit and I was touched. It spoke to me, it really felt like Jesus was speaking directly to me.
It was this message that gave me a different meaning of Valentine’s Day. It was all about Jesus, the lover of my soul. Who died on the cross for me and you; who was pierced for my iniquities and so it’s all about Jesus. If the Lord can speak so direct then we have everything that we need. God communicates in different ways and when you need it the most, He manifests the message in the perfect way. I’m sure there are tons of explanations on the internet about the origins of valentine’ day but for me, knowing that I am loved deeply by the Lord is good enough for me. I don’t have to research anywhere else but in the Bible.
The Bible says in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”. The beginning starts with Jesus Christ and the end is with Him. He’s therefore, my valentine and you can make Him yours too. His hands are open wide to receive all those who believe in Him.
Scripture further says in Romans 10:9-10 that “if you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”
Jesus is always ready to receive you, make Him your personal Lord and Saviour today; by that, you are making Him your valentine and can celebrate every valentine’s days with Him.
Say this short prayer out loud and receive salvation today, say:
Lord Jesus, I believe that you are the Son of God
I believe that you died on the cross and rose from the dead
I repent from my sins and ask for your forgiveness
Come into my heart, I make you my personal Lord and Saviour
I receive salvation and eternal life
In Jesus’ name. Amen
It feels good to be loved by the Lord. Walk with Him and have an intimate relationship with Him. You will see how your life is transformed. When you come to that place of intimacy, spread the word and tell others about Jesus. He has enough love for the entire universe.
Footnote: Scriptures taken from the The Holy Bible, New King James Version, 1982: Nashville, TN, Thomas Nelson, Inc. &
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