Today is Valentine’s Day. A day to be completely in love. But not in love with chocolate. Or food. Or even in love with a guy/girl. It is a day to be completely and totally in love, with all surrender to our glorious Lord, Jesus Christ. I had meant to write something on the subject of “glowing” but hadn’t yet gotten to it – and now I sit here with a few extra minutes (well, more than a few…) and realise, “It is Valentine’s Day. What a perfect time to share these thoughts!”. So I will.
A young lady is finally walking up the aisle. It is her long-awaited wedding day. She is marrying the man she loves, and she is just radiant. She glows with happiness and joy. People always comment on how radiant, and how much the bride glows when she is married. She does glow. If it is a marriage based on Christ, it will continue to grow. But I am not here to talk about marriage. I am here to talk about glowing.
A few weeks ago, I had such a dream in which I married. I did glow. Or so the people attending my wedding said. But I felt radiant, and content. In my dream, I loved the man I married; I was so…happy. Soon I awoke, and that dream was left in my thoughts. I told Mum about it, and prayed about it. I had to let it go. Not just let it go, as in forget about it, but let it go as in giving it to God. I am not ready to marry. I don’t know if I even will marry. God wants me to leave that up to Him. (I’ve had a few conversations with God on similar topics ;))
When I relayed some of my dream, and the feelings it caused, to my Mum, she mentioned something about how we should glow for Christ. And it really hit me. How caught up do we get with being radiant and glowing when we’re married, or any other event that happens here on earth? It’s so easy to do. We want to glow. Or at least I do. I loved being as happy as I was in that dream. But I don’t want to be glowing for only that reason. There is nothing wrong with glowing at your wedding, but that is not the most important thing, nor is it right now. Christ gives me reasons to glow right now. And I want to. Oh so badly do I want to glow with radiance of Him. Right now. Always. Forever. The glow that Christ can give us isn’t just for a day, a year, a season, and life. No, it is for eternity. And that is amazing!
Often people relate earthly marriage, to our heavenly marriage with Christ; being His Bride. I think that is great, but the weight of it can’t fully sink until God reveals it in our hearts individually, in His timing. I had heard it before. I had believed it before. But the moments after that dream I had, God showed me the meaning of glowing with His beauty, and it just “clicked” finally. Fully. I’m sure I will learn it again. But how wondrous is that!
Now is a time to glow. Not for anything here. It is a time to glow for Christ, with Christ, in Christ. Now. That glow He gives us is more beautiful that anything we can ever picture. He glows in us when we are truly in love with Him and have given ourselves to Him. True it means we have to be broken, but it will be beautiful, for “when I am weak, then am I strong” (1 Corinthians 12:10 “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”)
We may falter, and we may fall, but our hearts are His. There are times when I may take my heart back in my hands, but I never really truly possess it. My heart belongs to my Father in heaven, and if someday He sees fit to share that with His match for me, then it will be perfect. But for now it is only His, and I want to glow from that fact. I want to glow with a radiance for Christ, the One who gave Himself for me; my perfect, spotless Groom.
“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.” 1 John 3:1
Let’s give our hearts to Him, and truly glow!