by Katie Marie Rowden
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It's amazing how God infiltrates our moment by moment days with lessons and sweet take-aways if we allow Him the space. More than ever, I am convinced that He just wants to whisper to us in the simplest forms of communication...through a fallen flower on the sidewalk, a rock shaped like a heart put in our path, or witnessing a breathtaking sunrise on a morning we had no intentions of rising so early.
Itís hard to deny: God is in the daily. He is in the moment. He is in the minute and the second.
As I awakened this morning to pull the curtains back in my bedroom, I felt the radiant warmth of the sun breaking from behind the hills. The timing couldn't have been more perfect. What a tangible reminder that today, in that moment, was the fresh start to yet another day. The slate of yesterday, last week, last year, and even a lifetime had been whitewashed. Whether past days were filled with good or bad, blessing or curses, all had been wiped clean and left back in time.
The heat upon my face not only reminded me of the promises and hope of this new day, but also the everlasting radiance we will soak in as we spend eternity in the presence of our mighty God. Who are we that He would choose us, these broken people, to keep Him company for all eternity?... that He would desire to display His beauty and treasures with us?.. that He would share His extravagant heavenly places with us?
Make no mistake, this morning you may have awakened to achy knees, a new blemish gracing your face, or you may even be confined in some way, but you won't always live in this condition. You will one day receive a perfect, immortal body! We won't always fight down lies of fear, failure, and loneliness. We will live in perfect peace and true, everlasting joy. God adored us too much to leave us in such a sorry state for all eternity..."He who was seated on the throne said, 'I am making everything new!; Then he said, 'Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.' Revelation 21:5 (NIV) WOW - we are loved.
No matter what condition you found yourself in this morning upon rising, know that you are incredibly treasured. Take those words and let them permeate your mind, your heart, and your life! God cherishes you so much that He never sleeps - He keeps perfect watch over you, guides and provides for you, and paints unique, captivating sunrises and sunsets for you each day.
Regardless of how yesterday played out, trust in Him TODAY to be your everything. Lean on Him when you feel weak AND when you feel strong, for He is always there as your rock. ďMy God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. He is my refuge, my savior, the one who saves me...Ē 2 Samuel 22:3 (NLT) Remember that Christ has your very best in mind and knows your every need and heart's desire. If you seek Him first, He will take care of the rest. Matthew 6:33-34 (TNIV)
If you are blessed today, even for a moment, to receive a touch of the sun on your skin, let it remind you of the overtaking love of God and help you set your eyes and intentions on Him. May the heat permeate your heart and be a reminder that every moment holds the opportunity of a new day with God. Throw your cares, worries, and even your triumphs toward Him; He will catch and know what to do with them every time. (Psalm 55:22) All you have to do each second is focus on soaking in Godís love, loving Him and others in return, and shining for Jesus wherever you go...
Basking in New Mercies,
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