“Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10
“Thank you God for my amazing amazing amazing amazing day,” I prayed at the end of one warm and sunny March sabbath Sunday. “Thank you God that I got to spend it with you. Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen,” I finished.
Immediately I was struck with this. For decades, my days revolved around me, what I wanted, what I didn’t get, with whom I got to be, with whom I couldn’t be, my dreams, my plans, my agenda, my brokenness, my purpose, or lack thereof, my wanting to feel good, my wanting to feel better, what I could get from others, and even once I came to know Him what I could get from God. An amazing day to me was being in love with a man, having all my dreams come true, feeling good, being where I wanted to be, doing what I wanted to do, etc. Me, me, all about me. And others. But others in the context of me. And if things didn’t work out the way I wanted, and if life’s trials felt too tough, well there would be nothing whatever amazing about the day!
That sunny sabbath Sunday, there was nothing exciting about the day whatsoever. I was 14.5 hours away from family, didn’t get to spend the day with anyone close to me, had no exciting plans, had no man in my life to love and to love me in return, and I most assuredly wasn’t living the life I would have chosen for myself. So what was so amazing about my day?
Spending the day from start to finish in the presence of almighty God. Being loved by Him. Loving Him in return. Worshiping Him. Walking with Him outdoors a number of times as I love to walk with Him. Praying to Him. Praising Him. Singing to Him. Listening to Him. Writing down what He gave me for messages to write for others. Reading His Word and learning more from Him and about Him. Drawing closer to Him, and Him to me. Enjoying His peace. Enjoying His fellowship. His nearness. His closeness. Being with God.
How amazing we’re all sinners who deserve eternity in hell and the lake of fire but that we are given the breathtakingly beautiful opportunity to turn from our sins, to believe Jesus is Lord and died on the cross to pay our sin penalty and was raised from the dead, truly devoting our lives to God and His ways, thereby being forgiven and given a forever relationship with God. So we can be in His presence now and forever which without Christ’s death and resurrection and our turning our lives over to Him would not be possible.
Oh, to be in Christ’s presence. No matter the circumstances of our lives, easy, hard, good, bad, whatever. We can be in God’s fellowship forevermore! Amazing, amazing, amazing, amazing! Amen, amen, amen, amen!