Sometimes I question if I am worthy of God’s Love and the answer is always, “No”. Humanly, I fall short daily but I humbly turn to Jeremiah 31:3, which reads, “The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.'”. My behavior and God’s Love are two different issues entirely, but still my desire to do better is strong! And even stronger is the desire to know more about God and my relationship to Him.
Recently, my husband and I were driving the back roads through the Hills and taking in the beauty of the wildflowers, which was breath-taking. As my heart filled with gratitude for this sight, I thought of how all of this color was certainly not taking the color away from other views that I could not see. Then, I realized this thought included all of God’s Good and there can be no limitation of Good anywhere! Where there is gratitude and humility, there is health, supply, Love and all Good.
As I briefly revisit the past, I recognize one who was filled with pride, self-will and seemingly, self-sufficient motivation. Gratefully, I know the mistakes from not turning to God at every turn but see the error and I turn with a humble heart to Lamentations 3:22-23, which reads, “The faithful love of the Lord never ends. His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning. The Lord is good to those who depend on Him, to those who search for Him.”
As I was thinking this morning, I began to ponder “complaining”. That is actually telling God I have a better way of doing things. How arrogant is that? 2 Corinthians 5:7 is a gentle reminder, “We live by faith, not by sight.”. God is always working his purpose out and it is always perfect! I will trust Him today and everyday.
Recently, I read an article with that title stating that if we believe that, we must expand our concept of God. Most of us grew up hearing that said and we accepted that as truth. How freeing to know that is not true because God is Good and if we are made in His image and likeness, we are worthy of all the Good He imparts!
Today, I will graciously accept nothing but Good!
Below is my first acrylic painting from last year.
Today as I serve on Jury Duty, I ask for discernment, clarity, wisdom and compassion. I will work and pray with Colossians 3:23 which states, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” Below is a picture I painted for my sister.
Sometime when I experience difficulty, there is a need to remind myself that this is to strengthen my spiritual muscles, rather than punishment for a wrong-doing. The same concept is as we exercise, the physical body is strengthened and as we pray, we grow spiritually. Before a baby bird is born, it must peck out of the shell to strengthen it’s neck muscles. The mother bird could easily help, but could harm the bird in the process.
Changing my view and seeing what God sees makes all the difference.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” I Peter 5:6-7