Yesterday as I was looking over the preparations for our Christmas celebration this weekend I was a little surprised by the abundance of cookies I had baked. Why I thought it necessary to have so many cookies prepared is questionable. There are definitely more cookies than any family of 8 celebrating Christmas needs. Deep down, I know I wanted to be sure I had enough so my dad and brother could take some home, but even then, I’m pretty sure I was a little over zealous in my baking. But again, I love to make them happy with the treats as they don’t get the fresh baked cookies anywhere else.
I love how God is the same way with His love. It brings Him immense joy to provide for us in a way that makes us not only happy, but in a way that changes us and allows us to share His love with others. He loves to see us smile when we notice His love and provisions in our lives and He is pleased when we remember to thank Him in prayer. I imagine His smile when I notice His daily provision for me and the even grander smile when I turn around and share Him with others.
God is zealous to see all His people come to know Him and He will continue to draw people to himself. He is not only seeking and searching out those who don’t know Him, but He is also seeking out those of us whose relationship with Him may have waned.
Truth be told, I wonder if this is one of the reasons He has me writing for 25 days. My relationship with God had waned and really, why in the world would He ask me to write for 25 days. What in the world would I write about? Talk about abundance. He is a God of abundance. He never ceases to amaze. I can truthfully say, each day I have no clue what gift He will present me with to share. Each truth, each picture, something I too have needed to be reminded of. Each post is my gift to God, my act of surrender, and I pray my words have blessed you as well.
Life with God is an adventure and not for the faint of heart. Trusting He will provide in our lives can be challenging at times, but I have learned each time He provides in the most miraculous ways, in ways I could never have imagined.
In this season of giving and pleasing, when was the last time you offered up a little bit of yourself to the Lord? We give gifts, we serve at our churches or in our communities, we “do,” yet we often are missing out on the most important part of this season, time with Jesus. It is in the time spent with Jesus that our hearts are changed as our eyes are opened to His abundant love for us. It is in the time together that He has the opportunity to speak into our hearts, growing our relationship instead of allowing it to stagnate. Through the time together we then are able to love others well in Jesus’ name.
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. (Romans 12:11)