Just imagine with me what it's like to be God... I mean, really. Enter into the heart of it-- His heart. His is more than just a position of power.
You have invested your own flesh and blood in humanity, and you deeply love them. Your mind is filled with ways to bring them happiness. You are constantly planning good gifts to give them. You have their good in mind, in all you do. You forever look for ways to express your love to them. They are the apple of your eye, and your life is bound up with theirs.
But they seem not to notice you. They are consumed with their little this and that. They go through a day, sometimes without even acknowledging your existence. Sometimes they do better and say a few words to you in the morning, but that's all. Or they come to you with their list of things they want done, and when you answer their prayers, they mutter a hasty thanks, or none at all. And if you don't answer their prayers right away because you know better, they complain that you don't hear, or care. Their eyes are focused on all they don't have, and they miss the multiple gifts you give them each day. They blame their pain on you, and say that you don't understand.
You see and feel all this keenly. And it breaks your tender heart.
Because after all, who was it that gave them life in the first place? Who is it that gives them breath every second of their day? Who is it that wakes them up every morning to begin a new day? Who is it that has given them every good and perfect gift? Who is it that paints a sunset for them every evening, and that causes it to rise again every morning? Who is it who is there for them twenty-four seven?
Jesus. The answer to every question.
And though He has all the power in the universe... Though everything that lives and moves has their being in Him... There is one thing He wants more than anything else. And we often deprive Him of it.
He wants us to look up, and say two simple words... and mean them.
Words that would be music in Jesus' ear more than all the orchestras on earth... And you can whisper them right now.
It's for more than one day a year. We know that in praising God we are blessed (and that right there is a far underestimated fact.) But have you ever thought that it blesses Jesus too?
By embracing the little gifts, and thanking Him for all He has given instead at looking at all we don't have, we bring the joy back into our own lives, and more importantly, into the heart of Jesus.
Because if it was just you and Jesus on this planet, and His love language was words of affirmation... How would He be doing? Would He have received any from you today?
Take a moment to stop, look up, and whisper those two words in His ear.
It will make His day.
There's something special and sacred about moments out in the fresh air with the Creator. It rejuvenates lagging courage, and inspires weary hearts.
I have long loved my quiet moments outside with Him. But in the turmoil of the last few months I had temporarily forgotten it's blessing.
He's reminded me. And I am grateful.
It's not in the flurry of activity, or the life of ceaseless labor that the greatest blessings are found.
In recognizing each little gift He sends, and taking the time to thank Him.
In stopping to feel His presence and appreciate His love.
In accepting pain as a medium for His greatest blessings, and learning the sweet peace and joy of full surrender.
In embracing the privilege of this moment and the things we may learn in it, whether or not it suits our fancy.
In quiet moments with Him.
"The one thing needed above all others today is that we shall go apart with our Lord, and sit at His feet in the sacred privacy of His blessed presence. Oh, for the lost art of meditation! Oh, for the culture of the secret place! Oh, for the tonic of waiting upon God!"
20. Lover of Jesus. Daughter. Sister. Friend. Servant. Fan of the kitchen. Graduate of Masters of Biblical Counseling.
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