This was the sky on Sunday night as the sun went down, the night before Valentine's Day (and just a side note that these are completely unedited...God doesn't need my help making things more beautiful :):
Isn't it incredible? Did you see the little cross that shines on the top two pictures?
This reminded me that God's love is the greatest love ever given...and the best love we can ever receive. It's stretches farther than this sky, is more vibrant than these blinding colors and fills any need we have, if we allow it to.
For me, it's a blessing and a treasure to know that the One who pursues my heart every moment of every day can make skies that are gray at times look like this. I can't wait to see what He will do with this tired, insecure, imperfect girl when He comes back. What a beautiful day of forever love that will be!
This is how we've come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God's love? It disappears. And you made it disappear.
My dear children, let's not just talk about love; let's practice real love. This is the only way we'll know we're living truly, living in God's reality. It's also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves. What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we're called children of God!
1 John 3:16-20, 1