God’s Family-God’s Glory

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit with some people with “know how”. You know what I mean, the people that know the questions that should be asked and give you the answer before you know that’s the question you need to ask. These people are so much more knowledgeable than I when it comes to technical computer things. I sat in amazement as they did what was quite easy for them but a very challenging task for me.

Later a friend and I were having lunch and talking about the class we had just been a part of and the things that, especially I, had learned.

It became very apparent to once again that what we had experienced was the work of the body of Christ together. It truly was a beautiful thing.

When we each take what God has given us, whether you want to call it gifts or abilities or talents or strengths, or whatever, and use them to help and build up others in the body of Christ, then, we, as His body are operating in the exact way He designed us to operate.

That brings Him glory.

This dear sister who was helping everyone in the class was not having difficulty with the task at all. She was using her strengths and gifts to do what God gave her to do. That’s the body of Christ. That’s the blessing of being part of God’s family.

“Dear Father, Today may each of your children operate in the gifts and abilities You’ve given. May we each seek to build each other up as You intended.”

How about you? How have you been blessed by someone in God’s family using their gifts to help you or build you up?

The Wonders of Nature

I woke up this morning very early…it was still dark and I don’t think many birds were even awake yet.  I pulled back the curtains just to “see” if there was anything I could see.  I grabbed my glasses off of the nightstand because I could hardly believe I was seeing what I was seeing!

The dark, black sky was filled with stars.!  I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many stars!  Now, I’ve seen stars before but the sky was FULL!!!!  Some of them were so bright and vibrant and some of them were barely a twinkle.  They were absolutely beautiful…in fact that word doesn’t do justice.  I even tried to take a picture knowing even then that the camera could not possibly catch what I was seeing.  And, it didn’t!  I stood there remembering that for everyone of those stars, God has a name and knows it.  He knows when the star began burning and when it will stop!  I was reminded again of the fact that He cares about me, and you, more than those stars.  As beautiful as they are they are nothing compared to the beauty He instills into us as we let Him have His way in our lives and as we reflect Him.

And now, just 90 minutes later the sun is shining so brightly!  It is bouncing off of the colors of the changing trees all around me and it is spectacular!  What’s even more so is knowing that the sun shining like that is only a reflection of God’s own glory and power!  The colors that He has created for us to enjoy amaze me as I look around and see just a sampling of what He has done!

Yet, what’s truly amazing is to have been able to kneel in His presence and worship Him and praise Him for all He has done.  To be able to walk with this most amazing God who loves us more than anything else in all creation!  The fact that we can have a relationship daily with Him is beyond amazing and beyond comprehension!  Why would He, the God of all creation, the God of the universe, the one and only true God spend His time on us…the part of His creation that is stubborn and at times won’t listen and wants our own way and makes futile attempts at being our own god…why would He care?

Can you imagine if the moon suddenly “decided” to never shine again?  Can you imagine if the stars “decided” to stop twinkling forever?  Can you imagine if the trees refused to lose their leaves and then bud new ones or if the flowers refused to open or if the oceans never stirred or the tides never went in or out or the sun refused to shine!  All of nature follows the plans of God and shows His glory and His orchestration as it submits to Him.  And yet, we, His most beloved, the ones who can think and reason and know and understand and grasp the smallest amount of His greatness, we, at times refuse to submit and bow and worship.

I can’t and will never be able to understand it but oh how thankful I am that He loves me in spite of me.  How thankful I am that He cares enough to allow the good times and the difficult times to come into my life so that I can come to a new depth of understanding of who He is and what He desires for me.  I fully understand that I won’t fully understand all there is to understand of Him.

All things considered, I will continue to put my trust in the hands of the One who made all things good and who loves me beyond reason and understanding.

“Dear Father God, Holy One of Israel, I worship You and praise You.  Thank-You for Your great love and mercy.  Thank-You for all things that You have created that remind me of Who You are and what You have done for me.  May my heart be ever bowed before You.”