the Lover of my soul

yesterday was my first non-singles-edition valentine’s day – ever.   and i may have been slightly obnoxious in my excitement, but it was a  really good day!

as with *most* (should be all) days, i got up early to spend time with my Lord and my Reason, Jesus.  i wasn’t exactly sure what i was going to read, where He would take me in His word, but i found myself in 1 corinthians 13 – appropriately enough, the love chapter. 

we all know the first part, the “love is patient, love is kind…” yada yada yada, but the end of the chapter really grabbed me this time

“for we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away…now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. now i know in part; then i shall know fully, even as i have been fully known.”

– 1 corinthians 13:9-10, 12 (ESV)

we only see life as a dim reflection of how it truly is;  we see God only in part, veiled by the limitations of the mind’s eye of our flesh. 


one day, we will know Him fully, even as He has known us so deeply and intimately.

this led me back to psalm 139 – one of my favorite passages of all time.

“o Lord, You have searched me and known me! You know when i sit down and when i rise up;
   You discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down
   and are acquainted with all my ways. even before a word is on my tongue,
   behold, o Lord, You know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before,
   and lay Your hand upon me. such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
   it is high; i cannot attain it…f
or You formed my inward parts;
  You knitted me together in my mother’s womb. i praise you, for i
 am fearfully and wonderfully made. wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. my frame was not hidden from you,when I was being made in secret,intricately woven in the depths of the earth.Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in Your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them. h
ow precious to me are Your thoughts, O God!
how vast is the sum of them! if i would count them, they are more than the sand.
i awake, and i am still with you.”

psalms 139: 1-6, 13-18 (ESV)

 oh how deeply we are loved and known by the Father who made us, sustains us, and sings over us the songs of His mercy and love day in and day out! 

yes, i had a valentine this year, and we had a wonderful time enjoying each others company and celebrating the friendship and love God has given us.  more importantly though, i have a Lover who has sought to ransom my ever wandering heart with reckless abandon since before the dawn of time.  He knows me deeper and more thoroughly than ben ever will or could ever hope to. 

 i was reminded of His love in a big way this valentines day, and may you know His love for you is the same yesterday, today and forever.


downtown roanoke was decked to the hilt with these random painters-tape adhered hearts. it was fantasticly random.


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