February is the most romantic month of the year, setting aside of course the month of June where so many take the plunge and get married. What do you think, is it just because we celebrate Valentine’s day in the middle of February? Or is it because, every one of us hasn’t lost that streak of romance and still feel so much “kilig” when we see people making a big deal of celebrating Valentine’s day? Here in our country, there’s that palpable feeling of joy when February comes. Malls get into the bandwagon by offering and luring people to buy expensive items to give their loved ones, restaurants and eateries do their thing as well with well-thought of package of a meal that would make you swoon to high heavens. Not enough, what about those florist shops that make a killing over some craftily arranged bouquet of flowers, roses particularly, whose price jack up at least three or four times because they sure know that there are lots of customers around this time of the year? Hotels won’t be left behind either, they have special packages for couple complete with long-stemmed roses, breakfast in bed and what-have-you. All these are mere manifestations of love, romantic love that is!
Love is a universal thing. We cannot exist without love, we need it to nurture every aspect of our lives. Have you ever seen a mother gazing at her new-born child with awe and wonder? That’s love! Have you ever experienced that sense of belonging in a place that you have just visited or seen and you have that silly grin on your face because you were just happy? That’s God whispering to your ears to listen to the sound of the sea gently lapping at the rocks on the shore. That’s God whispering to your ears to feel the soft touch of the wind on your face. That’s God whispering to your ears to simply be quiet and let the music of a singing bird penetrate deep inside your heart. That’s God whispering to your ears to simply look around you and see those beautiful blooms on the wayside. God is always behind every breath we take. God’s love is immeasurable, it’s just that sometimes, we are blinded by worldly things and forget to appreciate God’s whispers.
Every time I read this quote from Henry Van Dyke, I am always reminded of how beautiful love is.
Time is too slow for those who wait,
too swift for those who fear,
too long for those who grieve,
too short for those who rejoice,
but for those who love,
time is eternity….
And Victor Hugo affirms it further by saying,
The greatest happiness of life is the conviction
that we are loved – loved for ourselves, or rather,
loved in spite of ourselves.…
We are never alone when we trust in God, let go and let Him take charge of our life. God has poured out His love into our hearts. (Romans 5:5)