I have tried since…to make every pleasure into a channel of adoration. I don’t mean simply by giving thanks for it. One must of course give thanks, but I meant something different…Gratitude exclaims, very properly, “How good of God to give me this. One’s mind runs back up the sunbeam to the sun.” ~ C.S. Lewis
We bundle out the door with our bags and our water bottles and we begin to pile into seats and seatbelts. It would be too simple to load up and leave in one motion, so we remember we want to grab jackets and hop in and out until once more we settle in and back out of the garage, bouncing down the lane and onto my dirt road. We chitter-chat and my daughter digs in the seat for the necklace she dropped. My niece leans over to adjust the air conditioning.
Laughter circles through the car and my mother points out faint rainbow light reflecting on the clouds. A train carrying flatcars full of rail-road working equipment click-clacks toward us and I point it out to the girls as if they were 9 and 6 and 3 instead of 17 and 14 and 11.
A few scattered raindrops skitter on our windshield, but the sun shines just ahead.
We beam smiles and excitement, happy to spend time together, happy to spend time seeking to know our Jesus better and happy He is always near.
It’s a good, good day and Miss Beth shares parts of the C.S. Lewis quote I typed above. She reads of steadfastness and I finger my Steadfast necklace from @creativecarmella I’d slipped around my neck this morning.
I jot Wisdom, Discernment, Knowledge, Understanding, Steadfastness along the very edge of my notebook. These words and character qualities have wound their way around my Bible and journal pages for a long time now. I want them deep in me. I’m seeking and praying for God to run the roots of these attributes down deep. To send up strong stems and stalks that will flourish and grow in my life, bearing fruit for His goodness and glory. I praise Him for the work He does in me. I pray for light in my life to follow the path right back up to the Son.
I learn a new song and it speaks life into me. “We Come Alive in the River.” The goodness of God. Yes indeed!! Isaiah 43:2 has been a long time verse of promise to me ~ “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.”
Somehow this song speaks of God’s promise and provision to me deep in my heart. It tears away at some fears and burdens I’ve allowed to harass me for far too long. My wonderful Father has a better plan than that for me.
My mind returns to C.S. Lewis. “How good of God to give me this!!!”
How good, indeed! This day. This moment. These memories. My people. My heritage. His Word. Active and Living.
I know only too well that, “Life will not always be as it is today.”
My good, good Father. He’s grown me in gratitude and gratefulness these last few years, though I still get wound up in the grumbling and the feeling-sorry-for-me. YET. How good of God!!! How good!
Every detail. Every happiness. Every good thing. It breathes of His love and it deserves my whispered prayer of thanks, my shouted praise of delight, my noticing of it and breathing out grateful.
Life is too short and filled with enough hurt-y things and scary things and thorns and thistles, for me to miss out out on the moments that splash it all with beautiful and joyousness and bring to light a glimpse of the perfection God created when He formed it all in the beginning.