Saturday, February 26, 2011

Secret Things Belong to the Lord

Tonight at church our pastor talked about the "d" word ~ divorce. It was helpful, even for those of us who are happily married. One thing he said that caught my attention was, "Committment in marriage means being willing to be unhappy until we work it out." That's helpful to me right now ~ I'm in one of those "unhappy until we work it out" places. It has to do with what the future holds for us in the coming years...the future seems uncertain and feels flimsy right now.

Then when we got home from a nice dinner out at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants, I read that "Secret things belong to the Lord (Deut 29:29) and future things are secret things." It turns out that when I try and figure out the future, it is an act of rebellion ~ doubting God's promise to care for me. What I should be doing is to relax and enjoy the journey, trusting God to open up the way before me as I go.

Lots to think about...any thoughts you'd like to share?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Unrestricted Ecstasy

This year I have been using JESUS CALLING by Sarah Young along with my NLT One Year Bible for my devotions each today. Today the reading was about God's love for me...and you.

There is no force in the universe as powerful as My Love. There is no limit to My Love; it fills all of space, time, and eternity. Now you see through a glass, darkly, but someday you will see Me face to Face. Then you will be able to experience fully how wide and long and high and deep is My Love for you. If you were to experience that now, you would be overwhelmed to the point of feeling crushed. But you have an eternity ahead of you, absolutely guaranteed, during which you can enjoy My Presence in unrestricted ecstasy. For now, the knowledge of My loving Presence is sufficient to carry you through each day.

The older I get, the more I long for Heaven. Some days I don't feel very loved by anyone, even the Father. I feel crushed, but not because of God's love. The thought of unrestricted ecstasy in His Presence sounds mighty good. In the meantime, I'm grateful that He carries me through each day.