Happy Valentine’s Day from Gilbert Blythe

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Email subscribers, sorry about the earlier email…that was supposed to go out yesterday.  My days may be a bit off recently, but I am aware that today is Thursday aka Valentie’s Day.  A day that can be met with expectation, excitement, disappointment, or dread.

My favorite part of Valentine’s Day?  Beyond the romance, flowers, and chocolate, or lack thereof, Valentine’s Day is a perfect day to be reminded of just how much God loves us.

This morning, as I thought about Valentine’s Day, I started to think of who, in my mind, is my most favorite romantic hero.  It didn’t take me long to settle upon the wonderful Mr. Gilbert Blythe.

Starting at the ripe old age of 4, I have had a deep love for Anne of Green Gables.  As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing better!

Take Gilbert and his love for Anne.

Gilbert is persistent. 
From the minute he lays eyes on Anne, he is completely taken.  Never once does he waiver in his affections for her, despite her slamming her slate over his head, disregarding him every chance she gets, competing against him, and being outright rude.

No matter what Anne does, his love for her does not die.

Gilbert loves her through her faults.
Let’s be honest, Anne is not an easy character to love (probably why I relate to her so much).  She is stubborn, controlling, and tends to have an unruly temper (hence the slate smashing).  Yet, despite all of her faults, Gilbert looks beyond them and loves her anyways.  Anne’s faults don’t shake his love for her–instead of a hot mess, he sees a beautiful, intelligent, determined young woman.

Gilbert rescues.

It seems that no matter what Anne does, Gilbert is never too far off to come to her rescue.  Remember her dramatic interpretation of the Lily Maid when her boat nearly sinks?  Who should come to her rescue?  Gilbert, of course!  

Gilbert waits.  
Gilbert is taken with Anne from the minute he meets her, yet it takes Anne a lot longer to come around…much, much longer…like 6 hours of Anne of Green Gables AND Anne of Avonlea.  But Gilbert waits patiently for Anne’s love to develop.  He begins to settle for a friendship and continues to wait for her love to grow…and eventually it does.  I mean, how can it not?!  It IS Gilbert Blythe we’re talking about!

And so today, on Valentine’s Day, as I introduce little B to Anne of Green Gables throughout our afternoon feedings, my hope and prayer for each of us is that we will be fully aware of how loved we are by God.

Far beyond any of our favorite heroes, we are SO loved by a God who is persistent, sees all of faults and loves us in spite of them, continually rescues us, and patiently waits for us–no matter how long it takes.

Rest in this Love today and know that you are admired, cherished, and deeply treasured.

“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you.”
Jeremiah 31:3 (Amplified)  

“Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her…in that day”, declares the Lord, “you will call me ‘my husband’; you will no longer call me ‘my master’…I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion. I will betroth you in faithfulness and you will acknowledge the Lord”
Hosea 2:14,16,19-20 (NIV)


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