Monday, April 23, 2012

God is great, God is good, let us thank Him for...

Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.  Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you.  For on him God the Father has set his seal."  (John 6:26-27)

Dear Lord, thank you for this day and all that you've given us. 
Dear God, thank you for this food.
Dear Jesus, thank you for my friends and family.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for.... yourself?

This passages finds Jesus speaking to the people after He's fed them with 5 loaves and 2 fishes.  They're following Him everywhere, and He can't get a moment alone.  The problem with this is that many, if not most, of them don't know who it is they're chasing around the countryside!  To them, He's the guy who talks a lot then feeds them!  And boy, are they hungry!  They want food!  They want stuff!!!  

But the only thing they really need is Him.

Something happens when we come face-to-face with the Provider and Giver of all things.  Eventually, we stop looking around at all the cool stuff He gives and we can't help looking up at the One who gives!  Somewhere in the counting, we realize that the reason for the counting is to see Him!  He is our goal, our end, the one thing we desire.  We no longer labor for the things that will fade away, but rather, we labor, strive, desperately seek His face.

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace...
Always counting...
#484 Hammocks in trees
#485 PERFECT weather
#487 Teens praying before drama performance
#488 Lights that work until curtain!!!
#489 Freedom from resentment
#492 Understanding friends
#494 HUGS!
#495 Confidence blooming in lives of girls


Nikki said...

Oh, you make me smile every time, friend. Love this! YES! to see Him--what joy! Makes you want more, doesn't it? :) 

Michele-Lyn Ault said...

Yes... thanking the Giver of the gifts, to enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise... so that we may see His face, and desire less and less the things that do not satisfy... 


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