I’ve been praying for dreams. This might sound crazy but my dreams haven’t been a place inviting God into my subconscious, but more of a continuation of work and time management chaos. Needless to say, I would love to be able to escape my reality for 5-8 hours each day. So I’ve prayed.
The morning of Christmas Eve I didn’t have a dream but when I woke up I heard God say, “GRAND GESTURES.” Only half awake I was completely confused. This was a pretty sore topic for God to throw at me. I had no relationship and I knew there would be no grand gestures coming my way anytime soon. Regardless, I knew my Facebook and Instagram feed would be filled with sparkly rings, shocked faces, and handsome men on one knee mocking my singleness on Christmas morning.
Urban Dictionary (a highly accredited source of information) defines a grand gesture as, “A risk people take by putting themselves out there to show how you feel for your significant other, usually when doubt is cast against your feelings. The ‘grand gesture’ usually entails giving up something big in exchange for the gratitude and love of your significant other.”
I laid in bed thinking about where my adoration for grand gestures came from. I would say it started somewhere around my freshman year of high school watching MTV’s Laguna Beach. The kids on the show would go to extreme and creative lengths for the perfect “promposal.” I always wished I would have received the perfect promposal but it was usually a short exchange between classes. (“Hey you going to prom? Cool. Do you have a date yet? Want to go with me? Awesome, I’ll pick you up at 2pm for photos.”)
Ohhh a scavenger hunt, a huge sign reading “PROM?”, a trail of roses leading me to a home-cooked dinner he made, or the marching band putting on a special parade just for my favor …okay so that is little extreme…but, none of these things ever happened for me.
I think we all love a nice grand gesture. If you don’t know what I’m talking about then you haven’t watched any viral videos lately, Ellen’s 12 Days of Giveaways, the Cracker Barrel waitress who received a car, or the proposal video for the girl who was a victim in the Aurora shooting. What would Hollywood be without grand gestures such as holding a boombox over your head outside of your love interest’s window playing “In Your Eyes,” giving them a huge library, interrupting a classroom singing “Close To You” till your love agrees to come home, or hanging off the side of a ferris wheel until you agree to go on a date?
In the midst of these thoughts I couldn’t help but sarcastically protest, ”God, why do you want me to think about grand gestures? I am sad, I am emotionally drained from rejection, I am lacking hope. I have no hope in a miracle romantic grand gesture of love coming my way! No one wants to hang off the side of a ferris wheel begging for a date with me!”
God just patiently replies, “But what about my grand gesture for your heart? What about my grand proposal?”
As my friend Meg would say, I was “shooketh.” Sometimes when we are stuck on our own pain we fail to see the big picture. I quickly realized how silly it would be for me to desire a earthly grand gesture rather than embrace my heavenly one. How easily the simple and common John 3:16 is over looked when we feel like no one is pursuing us in our current season.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only SON, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
If you recall 1 John 2:15 states, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” John 3:16 is clearly not saying he loves the world but rather stating, “I loved YOU so much that I sent my only son for you so that we can be together, to restore Eden between us, so we can walk together in relationship, and love each other forever eternally.”
“The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
Regardless of your relationship status this Valentine’s Day, there is no greater grand gesture than God’s for you. He is constantly pursuing after your love forever, just longing to be with you. Unimaginable are the lengths and depths He is willing to go for you. I pray that you find overflowing love and overwhelming joy in His 1 Corinthians 13 love for you this week.
Happy Valentine’s Day,
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