Dear Precious Friends,
On this beautiful new day I have been in prayer about so many things as I know you are as well. My heart is so broken over so many things we are witnessing each day that are so incredibly heart wrenching.... so time with the Lord leaving those things at the cross and seeking His truth is a non negotiable.
In His presence is fullness of joy, despite what is going on in our world, despite our personal circumstances of great challenges, health issues, family issues, injustice, etc....
When was the last time we experienced the goodness of God? Psalm 33:5 says, “The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.” God’s goodness is here, just waiting to be experienced. James 1:17 says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” God is always good, and every good and perfect gift we've received is from Him! Everywhere we look God's goodness is... yet how often does the spirit of heaviness that takes away, robs steals and destroys our joy in the Lord, tries to mess with what is right in front of us.
God has proven in Scripture that He works in our midst demonstrating His goodness, but we have to take time to seek Him so we have eyes to see Him!!!
In Psalm 27 God says to David, “Seek my face,” and David responds, “My heart says to you, your face, Lord, do I seek.” When God says “seek” he uses a Hebrew word that is meant for more than one person. God calls all of us, His people, to “seek my face.” Then in response we are to say, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”
All we have to do is look outside.... When was the last time you took a look outside at God's creation without the interruption of technology (our phones) Believe me I'm sharing what I need to hear... When we look at His creation with our "Holy Spirit" eyes, how can we not fall to our knees in adoration of His creation... For instance... have you ever really watched a humming bird, or
stopped to think of how a butterfly becomes a butterfly... As children, many of us learn about the wondrous process by which a caterpillar morphs into a butterfly. The story usually begins with a very hungry caterpillar hatching from an egg. The caterpillar, or what is more scientifically termed a larva, stuffs itself with leaves, growing plumper and longer through a series of molts in which it sheds its skin. One day, the caterpillar stops eating, hangs upside down from a twig or leaf and spins itself a silky cocoon or molts into a shiny chrysalis. Within its protective casing, the caterpillar radically transforms its body, eventually emerging as a butterfly or moth.
But what does that radical transformation entail? How does a caterpillar rearrange itself into a butterfly? What happens inside a chrysalis or cocoon?
for more on God's incredible creation...
This is just a few paragraphs from this article:
Let’s start close to home, with a relatively small astronomical object. The moon is the nearest (natural) celestial body. It is approximately 2,100 miles (3,400 kilometers) in diameter—roughly the size of the continental United States. The moon orbits at an average distance of 240,000 miles (380,000 km) from the earth. On the one hand, this is a tremendous distance. On the other hand, it is not so far as to be totally incomprehensible; some cars have as many miles on them as this. The moon orbits the earth in a roughly circular path, taking about one month from start to finish. In fact, that is where we get the idea for a “month.” According to Scripture, one of the reasons God created the celestial bodies was to be for signs, seasons, days, and years (Genesis 1:14)—in other words, to mark the passage of time. The moon does just that. It continually orbits the earth every month with clockwork precision.
Additionally, the moon (the “lesser light” created on day 4) was designed to “rule the night,” according to Genesis 1:16. Indeed, the moon does rule the night; it outshines every other nighttime celestial object. In fact, when the moon is out, it has a tendency to “wash out” most other astronomical objects, making them more difficult to see. This effect is particularly evident when the moon is near its full phase. At that time, the moon is over 2,500 times brighter than the next brightest nighttime object (Venus).
Let us move farther out into space, and consider the “greater light” that God created on day 4—the sun. The sun (like other stars) is a glowing hot ball of hydrogen gas. It derives energy from the fusion of hydrogen to helium in the core. The sun is effectively a stable hydrogen bomb. It is an extremely efficient source of energy, placed at just the right distance to provide the right amount of light and heat for the earth.
The sun is about 400 times more distant than the moon. Remarkably, it is also 400 times larger. So it has the same angular size as the moon—meaning it appears the same size and covers the same portion of the sky. It is interesting that God made both of the “great lights” the same angular size—and far larger (in angle) than any of the other celestial objects. There is no naturalistic reason why the sun and moon would be at just the right distances to have the same apparent size as seen from earth. As far as we know, the earth is the only planet for which this is the case...
WOW WOW WOW... God did all of this for us!! For us to enjoy and respond in worship to Him!!!... How is it we miss this not to even mention our bodies and the details of them!!!
I cannot even wrap myself around all the incredible details of God's creation and this is just a few things...
When we Consider that "the heavens declare the glory of God" (Psalm 8:1) and the Earth is the work of his hands.
“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11
“My heart says to you, Your face, Lord, do I seek.” Psalm 27:8
Heres is an amazing prayer today that we can make our own:
“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.” Psalm 27:4
Please join me today in seeing God's goodness and sharing it with others... Can you imagine our world if everyone looked up and sought the Lord and His goodness???
Let's be that reflection today.
Sending great love to all of you!!!