Last night as I was getting ready for bed I had this moment in which I just felt completely the entirety of God’s blessings in my life. And then I paused, and felt a moment of fear, because I couldn’t imagine that this could continue. I have lived so many years waiting for the next shoe to drop, and it always does eventually.
But that fear was a trick. Yes, we will all experience the pain of loss and rejection and defeat throughout our lives, but we have a choice. We get to choose if we are going to live our lives grateful for each blessing of each day, buoyed up by God’s enormous love for us. Or we can chose to walk a darker road; one on which we see demons and shadows lurking around every corner. A road of fear.
It seemed completely appropriate that this morning I would read this devotion by Sarah Young in Jesus Calling. “Sometimes the relationship I offer you seems too good to be true.” Why yes, that’s exactly how I was feeling last night, Lord. “I pour My very life into you, and all you have to do is receive Me. In a world characterized by working and taking, the offer to rest and receive seems too easy. There is a close connection between receiving and believing; a you trust Me more and more, you are able to receive Me and My blessings abundantly. Be still and know that I am God.”
There was my answer. The more I trust in God, the more I am able to receive His blessings abundantly. And I do. I trust in God’s plan for my life in a way now that was impossible for me in the past. As I have worked on developing my relationship with my Heavenly Father, I have come to a new and deeper understanding of Him and His role in my life. And I am finally able to trust, and understand that, in those times when I walk through the valley of darkness, He will be there with me. Truly, only He has the power to make even the darkness a blessing.
Can you feel God pouring his blessings into you life today or is your fear preventing you from believing and receiving? If death had no power over Christ, who gave His life for us, how much more will He do for you, His beloved child? You just have to let Him.
You can never hear this song too many times. “Fear is a liar”.