A sweet woman I met on the beach who quickly made clear her love for the Lord told me how she pictured looking upward at a sky full of balloons representing the Lord’s blessings. She envisioned reaching her arms upward to grab hold of the balloons as though she were grabbing hold of each and every one of the blessings Jesus had stored up and planned for her. As I listened to her joyfully share her vision, I had an amazing realization about what the Lord has done in my heart over the years.
When I pictured the balloons-representing-blessings, I saw myself in the vision working desperately hard and as quickly as possible to get past all the balloons to grab hold of the greatest blessing of all – THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY! None of the balloons-representing-blessings were nearly as important to me as getting into the face-to-face glorious and splendorous and magnificent presence of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself! I wanted Jesus and to be with Him more than I wanted any of His blessings! This wasn’t just true in what I envisioned with the balloons. This is true each and every day of my life on this earth now!
Long ago, a loved one warned me not to love God’s gifts more than the giver of the gifts – God Himself! But for many years, that is exactly what I did! I chased after the “balloons” to satisfy the desires of my flesh. I looked to God to give me the blessings I wanted, but I didn’t look to God understanding and appreciating and acknowledging and experiencing and enjoying and being thankful to Him as being my very greatest blessing in the universe!
When at long last I truly surrendered my heart and life to the Lord and to the leading of His Holy Spirit and to the Bible and to His ways and will and purpose for my life on this earth, oh how the Lord has been changing me indescribably ever since! Oh, how He has been drawing me closer and closer to Himself! Oh, how He has been bringing me into a more and more intimate relationship with Himself as Lord, Savior, Father, healer, redeemer, master, King, best friend, and greatest blessing ever!
Glory to the Lord! For He is worthy of receiving thanksgiving for being the greatest gift, the most wonderful treasure, the loveliest wonder, the most heavenly gift, the most beautiful blessing – forever and evermore! Amen!
“And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”” Revelation 5:13
Rest assured I still love God’s blessings He bestows upon me day by day and am so very thankful for them. But nothing and nobody is greater in my heart than the Lord God almighty Himself and than getting to be with Him forever through faith in and my life being finally fully devoted to Jesus Christ as Lord of Lords, King of Kings, Savior of my life and Savior of the world, hallelujah, praise be to God almighty, AMEN!
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” James 1:17