Day 4: I’m Thankful For. . .

The Bible, God’s love letter to me. It’s true that it’s there for all of the human race, if people would only believe. But when I read it, it’s just for me. I wasn’t feeling well last night so didn’t go to bed until late. But the Lord woke me at 6:30 this morning. I wanted to go back to sleep but His gentle urging got me up. My Lord, my Heavenly Father, wanted to spend time with me. How could I refuse? So I read the psalms for today (86-90) and spent as much time praying and worshipping as I did reading. What a blessing, that God would want to spend time with me. I, who am often a lazy servant, complacent, and comfortable with my life, am still loved by a holy God.

I am thankful for Jesus taking my punishment, serving my sentence, that I might go free. I am thankful for His willingness to go through the agony, the separation from God, and to actually become sin. Salvation was free for me, but it cost Him everything.

I cannot comprehend this world that wants to pretend God/Jesus doesn’t exist. I cannot comprehend a mindset that doesn’t want to be loved, and to know its inhabitants were created with a perfect plan for a blessed and fulfilled life. To have a mindset that would rather demand your own way, run your own life, and exalt yourself, just to get to the end of your life and realize it was futile, left no meaningful mark on society, and be in torment for all eternity, all because you didn’t want to be loved by the One who created you for the purpose of showing love, is truly beyond my comprehension. I really feel sorry for those people who fight and scrape for control that they really don’t have anyway. It’s an illusion that ends in destruction. And they stop their ears, get angry, and fight against the author of love. That is the saddest story of all.

I am thankful that my heart was open to receive the love  God has for me. I’m thankful that, even when I’m having a really bad day, God still loves me, and gently but firmly, changes my mindset so I can continue to be the child He wants me to be (at least a little bit). GOD IS AWESOME.