Friday, November 25, 2011

Day 24 - God-Wonders

I'm thankful for God-Wonders.  The world is full of them!  In the very depths of who I am, there is a longing to proclaim those wonders to the world!  Whether I'm buying groceries, scrubbing floors or weeding my flowerbeds, those God-Wonders follow me.

It's true, the world is full of distractions, and my life is no exception to the rule.  Yet, my greatest source of joy and peace is learning more about this God whom I serve.  His wonders are astounding!  His love is beyond measure.  The peace He gives is unexplainable!

The stories of Eve and Mike are two examples, and there are so many more!  I've heard from people who's lives inspire me, who have walked through the valley of the shadow of death and come out on the other side.  This world is full of darkness, despair, trouble and sorrow.  That's just the way it is.  We as humans know without a doubt that we will face problems.  We will shed tears.  We will have pain.  But there's comfort in lifting your eyes heavenward and acknowledging the existence of One who is greater than all the struggles we are or will face.  To acknowledge and accept and love and worship the One who loved you and I so much that He gave His life that we might live an abundant life!

Look back over your life, take a moment to jot down the God-wonders in your life.  When we take a moment to remember what all God has done for us, we will, without a doubt, have much to be thankful for!

Below is one of my favorite Psalms.  Read it out loud!  The message is so beautiful! 

Psalm 40
1-3 I waited and waited and waited for God
At last he looked; finally he listened.
   He lifted me out of the ditch,
      pulled me from deep mud.
   He stood me up on a solid rock
      to make sure I wouldn't slip.
   He taught me how to sing the latest God-song,
      a praise-song to our God.
   More and more people are seeing this:
      they enter the mystery,
      abandoning themselves to God.

 4-5 Blessed are you who give yourselves over to God,
      turn your backs on the world's "sure thing,"
      ignore what the world worships;
   The world's a huge stockpile
      of God-wonders and God-thoughts.
   Nothing and no one
      comes close to you!
   I start talking about you, telling what I know,
      and quickly run out of words.
   Neither numbers nor words
      account for you.

 6 Doing something for you, bringing something to you—
      that's not what you're after.
   Being religious, acting pious—
      that's not what you're asking for.
   You've opened my ears
      so I can listen.

 7-8 So I answered, "I'm coming.
      I read in your letter what you wrote about me,
   And I'm coming to the party
      you're throwing for me."
   That's when God's Word entered my life,
      became part of my very being.

 9-10 I've preached you to the whole congregation,
      I've kept back nothing, God—you know that.
   I didn't keep the news of your ways
      a secret, didn't keep it to myself.
   I told it all, how dependable you are, how thorough.
      I didn't hold back pieces of love and truth
   For myself alone. I told it all,
      let the congregation know the whole story.

 11-12 Now God, don't hold out on me,
      don't hold back your passion.
   Your love and truth
      are all that keeps me together.
   When troubles ganged up on me,
      a mob of sins past counting,
   I was so swamped by guilt
      I couldn't see my way clear.
   More guilt in my heart than hair on my head,
      so heavy the guilt that my heart gave out.

 13-15 Soften up, God, and intervene;
      hurry and get me some help,
   So those who are trying to kidnap my soul
      will be embarrassed and lose face,
   So anyone who gets a kick out of making me miserable
      will be heckled and disgraced,
   So those who pray for my ruin
      will be booed and jeered without mercy.

 16-17 But all who are hunting for you—
      oh, let them sing and be happy.
   Let those who know what you're all about
      tell the world you're great and not quitting.
   And me? I'm a mess. I'm nothing and have nothing:
      make something of me.
   You can do it; you've got what it takes—
      but God, don't put it off.

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