Signs of God’s goodness and love surround us in His creation, whispering ever so tenderly:
Yes, Child, I am here.
Open your eyes and see.
Open your ears and listen.
Open your heart and believe.
I hold up My Creation,
And I hold up you
Because I delight in you.
Several weeks ago, my daughter spotted a Baltimore Oriole in our birdbath. I missed it, but I did catch a picture of him on the rooftop. I found out they especially love grape jelly, so I got a little feeder. He didn’t come back…
Last week when I felt so sick, I looked out the window and at the sky and sighed, “God, if You really are with me, will You give me a sign? Will You please bring that Oriole back?”
I quickly snatched it back. “I’m sorry, God. I shouldn’t ask for a sign. I should just trust that You’re with me always.”
I am trying to trust God, no matter what. Not only at times when I feel the sunshine of His Presence, but also at times when He’s covered by the stormy clouds that rage in my body, mind, or heart.
I am trying to find my footing on His immovable character of goodness and love, not in my faltering feelings.
I am trying to own His promises, believing He has personally given them to me and is faithful to fulfill them in His own time and way.
So I felt guilty asking God for a sign. He had just gifted me with a whisper of His assurance last week, “You don’t need to understand. You just need to hold My hand. I am with you.” Just because I felt so alone that day did not mean He wasn’t there for me. He never presses something on our hearts if He doesn’t mean it.
His promises are purposeful and will surely come to pass.
Because He loves us.
(Zephaniah 3:17 NLT)
“For the Lord your God is living among you.
He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With His love, He will calm all your fears.
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”
God takes delight in us. He gladly gives us signs to show His love. He desires to calm our fears. His generosity towards us is a bottomless sea of goodness. He passionately desires to give us far more than we ask for or expect.
A joyful surprise arrived for me on Saturday. I was resting while my husband went to see if our son needed any more help with moving, and my heart nudged me to get up and look out the window.
A Baltimore Oriole! Giddy with excitement, I hurried to get some snapshots of this beautiful bird, so gloriously displaying the goodness and love of God. Thank You, God!
I don’t know if the Oriole will come back. I hope so. But even if he doesn’t, I will see every bird outside my window as a sign and seal of the goodness and love of a generous God.
The house finches that nested outside my window have taken flight. It’s hard to believe how quickly they grow to nearly the size of their parents.
And God has sent a variety of other birds to delight my heart:
No matter what you’re going through right now:
And His heart is bursting with love for you!
Joining Up With
Faith Barista’s Writing Prompt:
“Share your whitespace moment.”
– moments of beauty and rest
– feeding your soul
– your alone time with God
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Trudy Den Hoed.
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“Expect your every need to be met, expect the answer to every problem, expect abundance on every level, expect to grow spiritually.” (Eileen Caddy – emphasis mine)
When you ask God for something, do you expect He will answer or do you assume He can’t or won’t give it?
The other day I realized I was praying for something I didn’t even believe would happen. Humanly, it was not possible. I had reasoned it out. No way was it going to happen. I would keep hoping God will work a miracle, but I didn’t expect it of Him.
Whenever I turn a faucet on, I expect water to come out. But when I tap into the conduit of God’s unlimited supply of mercy and power, I don’t really expect anything to flow out. I believe in my head that He can flood me with His goodness, but I don’t always believe He will.
In Mark 9, a man had a son who was possessed by an evil spirit. When the spirit seized him, the boy fell to the ground in a motionless stupor. His teeth gnashed and foam bubbled out of his mouth. At his wit’s end, the father begged Jesus, “If you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”
“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
The father cried out, “Lord, I believe! Please help my weakness of faith!”
I struggle with the same weakness. I believe He can, but will He? Jesus is infinitely more willing to give than we are to receive. He healed the son in spite of the father questioning His willingness.
I’m so glad it depends on Jesus and His unconditional want-to love, not on our level of faith. However doubting we are, Jesus delights to give freely and fully.
A couple of days after my stumbling faith, my husband called and said, “Our God is an awesome God! He has answered!” Wow! Thank You, Jesus!
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” (2 Corinthians 4:7)