Late in the summer of 1977, the United States launched two probes into space - Voyager 1 and 2. Their primary mission was to explore and photograph the outer planets in the solar system.
Among thousands of beautiful pictures they took over decades of their journey- the most unique - was Voyager 1’s look back on the entirety of the solar system on February 14th 1990.
In that photograph, the earth appeared as a tiny dot inside a ray of sunlight.
Renowned Astronomer and atheist Carl Sagan commented on the picture:
“Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark.”
In fact, this picture is the opposite of loneliness. It is the opposite of darkness. It is the opposite of insignificance. It’s the opposite of meaninglessness.
If ever there were a picture to sum up God’s love- this is it. The earth, bathed in and singled out by light.
While earth may seem lonely in the dark of space in comparison - it is significant and meaningful beyond comprehension none the less. It’s importance as God’s creation is his greatest wonder - and - He put YOU here - as a sign of His love - specifically you.
So, if Valentine’s Day makes you feel lonely or insignificant- remember - all of God’s creation - which includes beautiful and wonderfully made YOU - is singled out in His light - in His love.
This photograph is His Valentine to you.
You are not lonely.
You are God’s Valentine. Always.