I’ll always remember celebrating Valentine’s Day in fourth grade. That was the year I had an over-sized crush on brown-eyed, freckle-faced Freddy. So did all the other females in my class, for that matter. Poor Freddy. While the other boys played tetherball and baseball during recess, he dashed ‘round and ‘round the school yard, chased by a pack of giggling girls.
I knew the competition was fierce for Freddy’s affection, but I figured I’d won the contest when he handed me a Valentine that read, “I’m not clowning around. I love you.” My bubble burst a few minutes later when my best friend whispered, “Look at my Valentine from Freddy!” I could scarcely believe my eyes. “I’m not clowning around. I love you,” it said.
Freddy’s mom must have purchased a multi-pack of the thing, because every girl in the class received the same message. It was the boy’s undoing: The fourth-grade females’ feelings for freckle-faced Freddy fizzled on February 14th. (Say THAT while munching on a mouthful of dry crackers!)
I’m afraid Freddy knew nothin’ about true love. Neither did I, nor did the other girls in the class. Call us fickle. Freddy fell off our emotional radar as fast as ice cream melts on a sizzling summer day, and we moved on to better-looking ventures.
Time has passed, and thankfully I’ve learned a few things about love since then. Perhaps the best insight I’ve gleaned so far is that of God’s unfailing love. It’s far from fickle; it’s faithful to the utmost degree. He’ll never, ever turn off His affection for us. Psalm 23:6 says it all: “Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever.”
As long as we live, God will pursue us with His love. He’s promised that no matter what life brings our way, His love for us will remain active and strong. Let’s ask Him to open our hearts and reveal to us what that really means.
Question: Do you have a favorite verse about God’s love? If so, what is it?