When I was involved in women’s ministries at our church in Minnesota, we made these Scripture Valentines for the precious women of Staying Power.  I still look at this heart from time to time and say the Scripture.  The message is one of love and protection from a God who dearly loves you.

II Chronicles 16:9a (NIV)  “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.”

The eye represents God’s eyes that are fixed on you in a protective and loving way.  I like to compare His eyes to a mother’s eyes as she watches her child on the playground following each winding move and stepping climb. Why does she watch?  To make sure her child is safe and using good manners. If a fall happens she knows how it came to be.  She finds joy as she sees her delighted child playing, because this child is her responsibility and treasured love. She has become so adept at watching that she can even carry on conversations with those next to her without losing sight of her beloved.

The next symbol is the earth and the Scripture says God’s eyes range throughout the earth.  He is the detailed Maker of Heaven and earth.  The earth is not too big for Him to locate you.  This is a beautiful picture of a relational God seeking you.  He is all knowing (omniscient) and He waits for you to call upon Him.

When we do call upon Him we are calling on the King of all Kings!  The purple diamond cut out is for royalty.  The heart represents God’s unfailing love for you.  The piece of turquoise represents the Rock-the One who is strong and mighty and His strength is available to His children.  He is a safe shelter and strong tower in which the righteous run in and are safe. (Proverbs 18:10)  He is willing to give you His strength and goodness.

There are actions on our part to take just as in any meaningful relationship.  Our hearts must be committed to Him.  What does a fully committed heart look like? It is one that has received Jesus as their Savior.  Ephesians 2:8-9, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not of yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”  In Romans 10:9, “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”  The red cross stitched on the Bible is recognizing Jesus as Savior.  If you have the Son you have the Father and the Holy Spirit. The heart is a symbol of love—Do you love God?  The older I get my love deepens as I experience Him and have come to understand He is worthy of all love and trust.  I have heard the Bible described as God’s love letter to us.  I have to agree and also add that this is where we can learn what is important to Him and engage in meaningful conversations with Him.

God is the ultimate Valentine!  Today, He may want you to know that His eyes can find you –He sees you and understands-you are His beloved.  Seek Him—He offers strength, goodness, and love.