Valentine's Day Ban

Haroon Khan is a 40-year-old car salesman. Being a married man who loves his wife, he was looking forward to giving her something special in celebration of Valentine's Day. This year, however, that wasn't going to be easy. On his lunch break he drove through town searching for something to give his wife, but public displays featuring hearts and roses were few and far between. You see, Haroon lives in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. Just a couple of days before, the court had made a ruling forbidding the public celebration of Valentine's Day with immediate effect, which included public sale of items meant to promote it. Haroon finally spotted a street vendor, however, who was in open defiance of the ruling. Just a few minutes earlier a municipal truck had pulled up and several street workers had swept the vendor's rose wreaths off the street. The vendor, 21-year-old Ayub, waited until they had gone before reaching under his table and pulling out a bag filled with more things to sell. Haroon pulled up and picked out a statuette of a bride and groom to buy for his wife. When asked why he would go against the government, he told a Washington Post correspondent, "Life is short. If one day a year you give your wife something special to make her smile, what is the harm in that?"

Sometimes it's easy to take things for granted. I never realized that having a day completely set aside for showing our love to each other was such a luxury. Sometimes it's easy to take those we love for granted as well. We get into a familiar rut and we forget what it was like when we first met. It's been too long since we've felt the flutter in our chest or had a sparkle in our eye. One of the things God had to say about the church of Ephesus in the book of Revelation was this: "Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love" (Revelation 2:4). It's easy to take God for granted too. We've spent so much of our lives with Him that we don't sense any excitement or longing when we think of Him anymore. Someday soon there will be a ruling against worshipping Him on His special day, the day we get to show our love for Him. Will we continue to love Him no matter the cost? If so, practice falling in love with Him again today.

Falling deeper in love with God,

Pastor Sutherland