It’s here. The romance day of the year…Valentine’s Day!
While it generates millions of dollars in card and flower sales (billions, even?), the day also offers a moment to reflect on romance.
According to Dictionary.com, the very nature of romance is fanciful, impractical, and unrealistic. Yet I believe the display of these strong emotions is, actually, quite breathtaking.
Romance reflects passion. Romance implies relationship. The Lord created us to be in relationship. Romance reflects our amorous emotions toward one another. A caring, loving relationship honors God and can actually model His love. It is one of the mirrors of life in a most pure form.
In the scriptures’ Song of Solomon we find a beautiful telling of passion and relationship.
My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places on the mountain side,
show me your face, let me hear your voice;
for your voice is sweet and your face is lovely.
My lover is mine and I am his; he browses among the lilies.
Until the day breaks and shadows flee, turn, my lover,
and be like a gazelle or a young stag on the rugged hills.
(Song of Songs 2:14, 16-17)
This tender telling of Solomon and his beloved wife reflects their passion. We learn precious little about life around them. They have become completely enamored with one another.
And that is ok.
Such a tender relationship begins to reflect a love divinely inspired. On this earth, however, we are unable to truly reach selfless, agape love. Nevertheless, we stumble our way and …. sometimes, we behold the romance that glimpses such love. It is precious to behold. May we treasure the times when the mirror reflects such moments of romance. Smile.
The romance of Valentine’s Day resides in the sentiment of relationship. As this day progresses, honor those you love.
And, may I ask….
Who is reflected with you in your mirror? How will you honor him or her today?