Psalm 85:5 You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you.
I have kept journals for years. I love to look back five or ten years ago to see what was happening in my life. Sometimes I rediscover experiences that bring back great memories of family or trips or things at work. Other times I read about struggles and difficulties we’ve gone through.
One of the cool things that I’ve done with some of my journals over the years is to highlight with a marker special times with the Lord. I get blessed again reading about the times when He has really blessed me by showing me things in my life or by manifesting His presence while I’m in prayer. There are times when He just overwhelms me with joy – where I simply weep because I am so overcome with gratitude for His goodness to me.
It is so wonderful to be forgiven – and more than that – to be chosen; to belong; to be loved. Years ago, when we were just married, we were about to become involved in a ministry to street people. I prayed and asked the Lord how I could relate to them since I had basically been a good kid. I never did drugs and I had a good home. The Lord spoke so clearly to me. He said, “You know what it’s like to be lonely.” And I did. Only half-jokingly did I talk about myself being left out, un-chosen and left behind.
But when Jesus made me His own – all that changed. For nearly 43 years, God’s forgiveness, His goodness and His abounding love have been life to me. And the great news is that He has this for all of us. He wants us all to be so caught up in the wonder of Him and His love that we want to live for Him more than anything.
He is not distant. He is not aloof. He does not leave us alone. He never forsakes us. He paid the greatest price imaginable for us to become His family. The more we say ‘yes’ to Him, the richer our relationship with Him becomes. These realities become bedrock within us – able to withstand any ‘storm’ that we go through. What a thrill to be passionately in love with Him!
Thanks, Don. A good word of encouragement.