And behold it was very good. God said it was very good. On the third day He made the rose.
Why do we often think God is a killjoy? It certainly is not the message we receive from His creation. Jesus said He came to bring us life. Life filled to the brim and overflowing with joy.
When man chose the path of disobedience a curse of death and decay and separation from His life came upon mankind and all of creation. But Christ came to redeem us from the curse of breaking God’s law by becoming a curse for us.
Easter is almost here. It is in remembrance of God’s ultimate swap meet. In Jesus dying on the cross for our sin He said I swap my righteousness for your sin. I give you my life for your death. I give you my love and acceptance from the Father for your alienation, isolation, judgement and death.
Why did the angels announce to the shepherds at Christ’s birth they came to announce GOOD NEWS that everyone should hear? The good news was that God’s plan to save mankind had finally arrived in Jesus!
God is not a killjoy. He came to restore joy. The rose tells us that what God made is very good. And, in fact, He has very good taste. He made you and has given up all He has to restore your relationship with Him. All you have to say is “Yes!”
Who crowns each moment of my life with something of sweetness and love to remind me that He is good. As the water reflects the sky and hills, may my thoughts not become dull or weary with Your faithfulness O my God.
You have planted so many abilities and unique talents in each one of us. All of creation speaks to your heart to bless and see us thrive where we are planted. Give me eyes and heart to recognize and affirm the giftings I see in myself and others.
I see flowers filled with busy bees gathering pollen to mix it up with other plants bearing flowers. Without this interchange where would be the fruit? Where would be the honey? What is it that is helping my life accept and gain blessings and sweetness from others? Could it be the activity of the Holy Spirit? Yes.
You lead me beside quiet waters to restore my soul. I am grateful for times less busy, less demanding yet I haven’t appreciated when those times have been forced on me from illness or when my abilities are no longer needed. I have felt sad, frustrated, sidelined, useless. I forget you are not a silent observer. You wept at Lazarus’ funeral even though you knew all along you would be calling him back to life from his tomb. Easter is coming. I need to daily rise from the ashes of my disappointments. I know because You live, Jesus, I also live. I live. You came to turn my chaos onto order; my self pity into purpose. You are my Good Shepherd.
As flowers strain to catch the sun rays and thrive when basking fully in its light, I ask for a constant infusion of Your Light in my thinking, my heart, my choices. King David said “Better is one day in your courts than thousands elsewhere. My heart and soul cries out for You, the Living God. Your words are water to my soul.”