Humility withers in the shadow of self-promotion. Forgiveness is not defined by the absence of pain. Peace is deeper than the absence of conflict. Hope looks past the unfavourable forecast. Faith is not shaken in the undesirable outcome.
It is a good thing to love the love of God. But it is possible to be in love with the love of God more than being in love with the God of love. When we are in love with His love, we start doubting God and his promises when we do not feel His love. But when we come to know the God of love for His person and for who He is, we become more stable and secure in our position in His love even when the feelings of His love are absent.
Great things come in small packages that we often ignore, dismiss, or miss entirely because of its size or seeming insignificance. Sometimes the greatest revelations from God to our hearts appear in the tiniest of details to our eyes. Let us open our eyes wide this week and watch for the small things in order to hear what God would say to us through them.. Don’t miss it!
We would find it unusual if someone claims to be a pianist but doesn’t play the piano, or claims to be an athlete but is not athletic, or a chauffer who doesn’t drive, or a chef that doesn’t cook…you get the picture. But when it comes to the Christian sub-culture, it is not only common, it is accepted as normal when someone claims to be a disciple of Christ but is not disciplined in the basic spiritual foundations, or claims to be a follower of Jesus but is not walking in His footsteps. Let us take a bare and honest moment for a reality check and ask ourselves if we really are attempting to live like the person that we claim to be.
The sigh of crimson waking the dawn. The chirp of brown calling the sun. The mirror of blue calming the lake. The smell of green following the rain. The taste of red picked from the field. The touch of gold brushing the trees. The swirl of orange raking the wind. The chill of white crunching the boot. The whisper of indigo nighting the sky. Creation stewards the beauty of His hands, and these are the colours of His fingerprints.
There is a difference between hoping in the Lord and hoping that He answers our prayers the way we tell Him to. Hope in the Lord means that we trust Him to give us and others what we need when we need it. We hope in Him for who He is, not just for what we can give us. Hope in the Lord says “I still trust you with my life even when I don’t get what I want.”