Well well well. Valentine’s Day.
I was just hangin out listening to some music and eatin some lunch. No deep thoughts…just food/dogs under foot/music on iPod. And then, this song came on. I’ve heard it tons of times and was never too struck by it until today…to be honest, I wasnt real sure what it was supposed to mean because I’ve only 1/2 listened to it…and so I hit replay a few times.
And then, I got it. I decided it was the PERFECT song about true love. True love is laced with ugly imperfections…a real selfish mess at times. And then, other times its a picture of forgiveness and unconditional-ness (I made that word up).I think that is what THIS song is about. Have you really stopped and thought about that?
For me, my mind immediately goes to my hubby – my high school sweetheart – the gift God dropped on me when I didnt even realize it (until later, of course). I think about: the flirtations, the high school notes (a BINDER of them thankyouverymuch), dates, broken dates, angry words, forgiving words, agony of enduring the unthinkable, joy of the greatest moments imaginable, the uncertainty about the future, the speed that the past is flying by, the “off” days, the best days. I think about the ugly times that I didnt deserve him…the times I was “hate” and he was “love”. I think of a few where the tables were turned. But, no matter what, the ending is always the same.
“I’m yours, that’s it, forever.”
A perfectly unperfect, unconditional love…even when I’m quite unlovable. Isn’t that the greatest love letter, though really? A love letter being lived out, maybe. An ongoing, living document of what God intended for love to look like. That’s what I think. And then some other stuff makes sense to me…like that whole 1st Corinthians 13 that we hear at weddings. The part about “the greatest of these is LOVE”. Ok. I get that…because when I stop to think of how I hope that my God loves me, it’s with that same reckless abandon, not-contigent-on-my-lovableness kinda love that my man gives me (and the Avett Bro’s sing about). I believe He does; I think that’s why He gave me Brent so I’d get a taste of that here on earth.
And so, as I read my favorite lyric in the song…I’m thinking on my true love here on this earth…and the One who sent Him to me. True love. I still can’t believe I get to feel loved like this…boy, this lunchtime turned out to be a pretty cool one today.
Love has been waiting, patient and kind.
Just wanting a phone call or some kind of sign,
That the one that she cares for, who’s out of his mind,
Will make it back safe to her arms.
Hate stumbles forward and leans in the door.
Weary head hung, eyes to the floor.
He says “Love, I’m sorry”, and she says, “What for?
I’m your and that’s it, Whatever.
I should not have been gone for so long.
I’m yours and that’s it, forever.”
You’re mine and that’s it, forever.