~ Robert Penn Warren
Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God. It cost God plenty to get you out of that dead-end, empty-headed life you grew up in. He paid with Christ’s sacred blood, you know. He died like an unblemished, sacrificial lamb. And this was no afterthought. Even though it has only lately—at the end of the ages—become public knowledge, God always knew he was going to do this for you. It’s because of this sacrificed Messiah, whom God then raised from the dead and glorified, that you trust God, that you know you have a future in God.
~ 1 Peter 1:18-19
The story of deep delight always ends in being loved. No matter how it starts, what pitfalls one encounters, the joys, the tragedies, the unexpected treasures, the devastating losses, the story ends in you and I being loved.
My uncle is fighting cancer tooth and nail. He is beating it by diligence in his diet, what he fills his mind with, and his relationship with the Lord. His losses have been great, but his gain radiates from his marvelous face.
A couple of weeks ago, an envelope arrived in the mail. I opened it to find three packets of seeds with a bright pink sticky note that read “Think Spring!” The flowers bore quotes from great writers, and seeds of Cosmos, Wild Daisies, and Forget-me-Nots. The messages were:
Where there is great love, there are always miracles.- Willa Cather,
When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.- Maya Angelou,
Great people are those who make others feel that they too can become great. – Mark Twain
My uncle does all of those things, he demonstrated great love, he gives cheerfully and accepts gratefully, and he makes others feel that they can become (and are) great.
He has spent a lifetime in service, but these last few years have been especially sweet as the fruits of his labor and love sprout up everywhere, in scholarships won, in items sold to help others, in his contributions of time and effort into local organizations and in his church.
Recently, a door has closed for him, and I cannot wait to see how he recognizes God’s hand in his life in a new way.
Today, look for the hand of God in a new way in your life.
Lord, let me hear your story with deep delight.
Because of Him,