Life is so perfect sometimes.
And I know it sounds so cliche to say that, but in all honesty, life has those truthfully radiant moments.
Can you think of a time where all the sudden in the midst of all the darkness, you realized just how wonderful life is?
That moment when not only realize how beautiful life is, but when you remember who is in charge of making it that way? I have had many moments like these and they are truly eye opening.
It gets so easy to catch yourself up in the material and artificial things that bring "joy" into your life; it is easy to cast aside the one who truly matters... God.
This past week, I have been acting this way, and I didn't even realize it.
I found myself so caught up in the chaos and frustration of life that I forgot to focus on the pure goodness and radiancy of the Lord's works and love.
I had been awaiting a sign from the Lord as to what to do next with my faith. As I discussed in my last entry, I am currently in the "what's next?" stage.
Tonight, I had what I call a "God's Glory" moment or a "God Moment" as some people call them.
Let me set the stage for you...
I sat on my matress in my room wrapped in the comfort of fuzzy blankets. Three lamps were on; they shone light into the darkness of my bedroom; my bible snuggled into in my lap. I had been in the middle of reading Psalms, but decided to switch over and read the in the New Testament for a little while. My eyes scanned through the table of contents trying to decide what to read next. Suddenly, I found the little book of Colossians. "Page 1,309, okay," I whispered.
Then, instantly, my fingers were turning through the pages of my Adventure Bible to find this little wonder.
For each book, a description lies, telling the contents and purpose of each book.
In the opener of Colossians in little blue ink a question asks, "why was this book written?"
Written in more blue ink, the question is answered, "Colossians shows that Jesus is supreme and that he saves us completely."
In that instant, my heart felt drawn to read this book.
With that decision, I turned the thin, but crip page and began reading.
And then the "God's Glory" moment happened in the most unexpected and beautiful way.
I was reading. And after so long of being stuck in the "what's next" phase in my faith, I realized I had forgotten what faith truly was; I forgot the true identity of Jesus Christ and who he stands as in my life. Then, I read this verse:
So then as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
After reading this verse, I sat coated in the silence while feeling God clear my mind and conscience. I felt this huge peace in my heart and soul after stumbling over this needed reminder of the image God created faith under. This verse reminded me of my sole purpose and how I should be acting in my faith. Continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him.
The whole verse is beautiful and reminds us what our faith through Jesus Christ should model.
God is so wonderful to place these reminders in our lives. He has the power above all else; even when we are difficult and stubborn in following his plan, he pursues us. He makes life beautiful and even when we forget, he never fails to remind us. It makes me so happy and I pray he fills you with joy, too, because there is nothing better than the good old love of the Lord our God.
Every year, Browns Bridge Inside-Out students escape the hectic schedules of high school and spend the weekend at Sharptop Cove worshiping, learning, and sharing God. Through Vertical Reality, I have grown and learned so much. This year, God showed me how crucial prayer is; by a gentle whisper, he invited me to speak up instead of speaking out, and by a gentle whisper, he's calling you, too.
God has blessed us with people in our lives that make us smile when our world is dark, make us laugh, take care of us, and encourage us. One of His many blessings to us is our community. But are you cherishing the people around you with thankfulness?