Thankful heart…

“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) 

Lately life has been quiet and still, with blue skies and not a cloud in sight. It’s during these times that God’s miracles stand out the most. When things seem to be falling into place in such a way that you know God has his hand on you, no matter how big or how small the victory. Just like on a clear day, when the sun is shining. We can see its radiance, and feel its warmth on our skin. We know it’s there. But what about when the clouds start rolling in and we see a storm on the horizon? The sun disappears and we are left feeling unsure, afraid, maybe even alone. Does that mean the sun isn’t there? Does that mean it won’t return? No, we just can’t see its rays or feel its heat. But we know it’s there just behind the clouds. God’s presence is no different. When life is running smoothly its easy to feel God’s presence, to thank him for everything he has done. It’s when we descend into the valleys that the light becomes harder to see. We have to actively search for God. We have to believe God has not forsaken or abandoned us.

Since I started this devotional I’ve been blessed with so much peace. Everyday I learn to depend on and communicate with God more and more, and his promises never fail. He supplies me with everything I need so that I’m never left wanting more. I am content in God.

It’s easy to become disillusioned when everything seems to be going right. We stop depending on God and thanking him for the way things are going. But the way I see it, these are the times when we need to praise Him the most! To thank him for all he has given us.It goes back to storing up our treasures in heaven. (Matthew 6:19-21) We have to develop the habit of depending on God.

What happens to a plant when it doesn’t get enough water? It’s roots dry up and the plant dies. Or when a lake doesn’t get any rain? The water disappears, the soil dries and the land is no longer fertile. The same goes for our relationship with Christ. We have to consistently water our roots so they can grow deeper in God. That way, in the storm or the drought, we won’t shrivel up and die, no, we will stand firmly in Christ.

Although life has been relatively uneventful lately, it has been busier. There doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to accomplish all that I want. I keep cutting my time with God short. I still think about him, but I haven’t been able to give the time to this devotional that I want to. But instead of feeling guilty, I see it as God’s way of telling me, “You had your time for relaxation and uninterrupted devotion, now it’s time to work.” It’s not realistic to have 2-3 hours everyday just for journaling, and I know that. But it was the weeks when I was blessed with this time that prepared me for the days where I wasn’t. My plant was well-watered, my roots stood firmly in God. And now that I have more time, I can use it to reflect on God’s blessings: peace, love, contentment, joy, thankfulness, and so much more! There is a lot to be grateful for. Amen!

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