Today I thank God for my eyes,
Whose sight is at each dawn renewed,
Who lift their gaze toward the skies
To well with tears of gratitude.
Many of us live with numerous fears: fear of the past, fear of the future, fear that plans will fail, fear that things we love will be taken away or fears that hopes we have will never be realized.
We are so filled with fear that we forget that Jesus said, "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matt. 11:28). We should not be defined by our fears and strivings, but by the peace that anchors us through whatever we face, both good and bad.
May our souls be quiet as we learn to rest in the assurance of God's faithfulness.
"We have a God who is relentlessly for us."
When my pastor made this statement, it struck a chord with me. In the struggle to be holy, it is easy to believe that all God can see of us is our faults and failures, and is disappointed with us.
But that is not so.
Some time ago, my pastor asked this question in one of his sermons: “How would you live if you knew—without a shadow of a doubt—that you are forgiven?”
That question struck me as a challenge. What would the life lived in the full knowledge of forgiveness look like?
None of my life has gone the way it was "supposed to go," but I don't love my life any less because of the hardships and new directions. I see so much unexpected good in it, and I want others to see the good in theirs.