In the middle of the night, she blessed me.
He blessed me.
I'd gotten up, remembering that the wet towels needed a dryer.
Out she comes, my sleepy-headed Beth struggling in the dark, too tired for words. When she found me, she simply put up her arms and I knew what she wanted.
I brought her to bed with me; as I adjusted the covers, her body squirmed and experimented, trying to nuzzle as close as possible.
She arranged herself just right, driven by the desire to fully enter into my essense. She wanted to be utterly connected until we felt like one. Until she felt wholly warmed, wholly protected, wholly blessed by my love.
No hesititation exists in her, for she fully trusts my arms and my heart. She's never been turned away.
It's like that with our Heavenly Father too. He's never turned us away and we can wholly trust him. We can nuzzle in close, until we are one. Until we feel wholly warmed, wholly protected, wholly blessed by His love.
And yet, do we look for Him in the dark?
So often we look at the clock and wonder if we'll possibly find the time to read our Bibles. And to pray. There aren't enough hours in the day, we lament.
Here's what I imagine God thinks of that:
"How will you raise your children? How will you do your daily work? How will you wake up and keep going, and go to bed and face the next day? How will you face tomorrow?"
He wants us to remember: "All for My glory. Everything you do, every day, is for my glory. I am your reason for waking up and taking your next breath. It's all about Me. So how can you not find the time? I am the lens you see through, the strength you live in, the food you need to consume. Without me, you're dead."
Cuddle up. Snuggle in. Squirm as close to Him as possible, until you are one in Spirit. Until you don't know where He ends and you begin.
Psalm 16:2 I said to the Lord, "Thou art my Lord; I have no good besides Thee."
Psalm 16:11 Thou wilt make known to me the path of life; In Thy presence is fullness of joy; InThy right hand there are pleasures forever.
Giving Thanks Today:
~ For my sweet Beth, who reminds me to pursue Him with my whole heart.
~ For my husband, who says I'm beautiful and seems to see the 47-year-old me from the same lens he used when I was 33...taut and toned and minimally-lined, with maybe two white hairs gracing my whole head. Bless his 54-year-old, tender heart.
~ For the Bible being His essense and being so easy to enter into; always accessible.
~ For my friend's OCD son passing his nursing final. He needed a 78% and he got it, exactly. It was as if God said, "Yes, your brain goes wild during exams, but my grace is sufficient for you. He started his preceptorship (practicum) and is loving each 12-hour nursing shift. Praise the Lord!
~ For 18-year-old Chelsea's depression improving.
~ For my 71-year-old uncle making it through a stroke, still alive and able to walk and talk, abeit with a walker for now.
~ Spending time on the couch a few times a day with my girls, a stack of books on my lap to read.
~ My Mary memorizing all her favorites and "reading" them back to me. How a child can memorize every precise word of a book always amazes me. I don't think I could do it...but she can, even with complicated plots.
~ For Mary giving us such spiritually mature answers during dinner-time conversations. I recently asked her what she loved best about being a child of God. Her answer immediately brought tears of gratitude.
~ That gratitude is the answer for so many daily human ailments. Gratitude is simple, yes? Just look for the beauty and acknowledge it before God, thanking Him.
What's beautiful in your world today, my friend?