As I got up this morning and was sitting on the couch thinking (don’t laugh, I do sometimes think) it occurred to me that I was not alone. I had a need and the Lord reminded me that He created me, that He knew me and He knew my needs. It caused me to wonder how often I take things for granted and how often do I turn my thoughts and actions heavenward and give thanks to the One who not only created me, but loves me.
It is interesting how when things are rosy we go our merry way and never consider sharing our life with our Best Friend and yet that is what He really wants us to do. We forget He created us for a purpose, that He loves us and wants to share our lives with us as any parent would normally do. I wonder why we so easily forget. Are we simply too busy with what we think is important? Maybe we should pause for a moment and rethink just who we are, why we are here and what He would like to say to us today as we step forward.
If you are a parent you should already realize the importance of being a part of your children’s lives, of sharing their good times and the bad, of praying for their future and a time when everything will be as it was originally meant to be. Why would we think it any different for the Lord, our Creator? You might even feel a little guilty and wonder why He just didn’t make it easier? I believe I have heard that things that are easy are often not worth a second thought. Without problems we cannot rise to our highest potential and that is what our Father desires, to see His children realize what is available to them and then to reach for the stars knowing all the way that was what they were created for.
In the beginning – many of us have had thoughts about what we could have done if we had known and could start our lives over once again. We have also heard that there are often no second chances, however, we haven’t heard that from our Father in heaven. He knew from the beginning that we would falter and fail, but He made us to step back to the plate and try again, forgiving us for our failures because He loves us so very much. We can’t ask for anything better.
However, blessings were not only designed to be received, but to give. In the very first book of the Bible He told Abram I will make you a great nation; I will bless you (12:2) and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed (3). Close to the end of the Old Testament He told Zechariah so I will save you, and you shall be a blessing (8:13). In the New Testament we find Paul encouraging those he spoke to that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith (Galatians 3:14). Blessings have always been a result of knowing and following the will of our Creator. While it is true that we seem to have forgotten the reason for our creation it is not too late to return to what our God intended when He chose to create us.
It is true that today’s world has turned into a time when receiving seems much more important than giving, but it is still not too late to follow God’s original plan. We are told in the book of Matthew – But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust (5:44-45)…Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect (48).