“If I see God in everything, He will calm and color everything I see! Perhaps the circumstances causing my sorrows will not be removed and my situation will remain the same, but if Christ is brought into my grief and gloom as my Lord and master, He will ‘surround me with songs of deliverance’ (Psalm 32:7). To see Him and be sure that His wisdom and power never fail and His love never changes, to know that even His most distressing dealings with me are for my deepest spiritual gain, is to be able to say in the midst of bereavement, sorrow, pain, and loss, ‘The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised’ (Job 1:21).
“Seeing God in everything is the only thing that will make me loving and patient with people who annoy and trouble me. Then I will see others as the instruments God uses to accomplish His tender and wise purpose for me, and I will even find myself inwardly thanking them for the blessing they have become to me. Nothing but seeing God will completely put an end to all complaining and thoughts of rebellion.” ~ Hannah Whitall Smith, Streams in the Desert, September 17
Looking for God the past couple of weeks…
1362. thirty for 30
1363. a whole week of good running
1364. generous girls learning to give good gifts
1365. a quiet, happy birthday
1366. home church above the city
1367. a Monday made in heaven
1368. new running shoes
1369. working through pain and discouragement
1370. Kung Fu Panda II – who would have guessed?!
1371. ice cream reward for James I memorized
1372. a Sunday morning that keeps my heart bowed in prayer
Our God is a very present God. He is with us in our troubles and our victories. May you see God in everything this week.
By His Grace ~