As some of you know, I’m on a Facebook break. I found myself struggling with so many distractions that were hindering me from true undivided attention and devotion to God, people and tasks. As a result of this break, I have definitely become more aware of the things around me, and am able to enjoy the gift of time much better.
(And thankfully, I can share this post in Facebook without actually entering it! Haha.)
Now, let me share what I’ve been thinking about these past few days.
We can learn so much from God’s word. No matter how many times we read a passage, there is always something we can draw from Scripture. Let’s go back to creation in Genesis 1:17-31…
...God set these lights in the sky to light the earth, to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness…And God saw that it was good… …So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries and swarms in the water, and every sort of bird…And God saw that it was good… …God made all sorts of wild animals, livestock, and small animals…And God saw that it was good… …Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!
What is the pattern? God stopped in the middle of his work and saw that it was good. He was busy working, creating and crafting an intricate and beautiful masterpiece, yet he was not too busy to stop. He wasn’t caught up or burdened by the work. He stopped, well before the work was completely finished, and saw that it was good. Every single day.
That makes me smile! To see that God took time to see, admire, reflect, sink it in, be still.
What an example that we can draw from our Father!
No matter how busy or hard our day is going, let’s take time to see the good. Let’s take time to see, meditate, and admire the many good and wonderful things that are around us. No matter the troubles, God’s mercies and blessings are renewed each day.
We don’t have to wait for something great to happen to have a thankful and reflective heart. We just have to stop and see that what we have available for us today is good.
Think of at least 5 things that you are thankful for today. Meditate on them. Smile because of them. Thank God for providing them. Let’s stop. Let’s really see.
It can seem very hard sometimes, but know this is God’s will for your life (1 Thessalonians 5:18)!
I can help you with a couple:
- The gift of salvation
- The privilege of prayer
- The Bible made available to us
- Food and shelter
- People in our lives
- Knowledge, wisdom, discernment
- Forgiveness – the ability to forgive and to be forgiven
- Love – the ability to love and be loved
- The arts – good photography, writing, film, painting, music, theater, dance, gastronomy (yum)!
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable— anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Phil 4:8Praying for this lesson to dwell in our hearts as we become more aware of His blessings in our lives. I pray for every person reading this, that you may abound in love, joy, peace and rest that only He can give. I pray for open hearts to receive His blessings, and softened hearts to perceive them. I pray for awareness of the biggest blessing and gift: God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit dwelling with us forever. That we might hear His voice and at the same time see His hand in our lives. Amen.