A blessing landed in my lap yesterday.
It was long longed for and twice let go of,
yet it pleased my Father to give it,
demonstrating to me His Love for me.
I wept tears of joy as it dawned on me
that this was His Smile, His Affirmation, His Heart…….
just for me.
Maybe that sounds selfish, but for me it is foundational,
getting to the very roots of my relationship with God.
His utter Holiness I have been aware of all my life,
His Gift of Salvation is my Rock,
His Presence within and around me is real and precious,
His Working through me is a wonder to me,
yet every now and then He has to convince me that He Loves me,
for that knowledge comes hard to me.
I know it by faith, I hang on to it by faith and proclaim it,
yet my soul easily wavers in unbelief,
lacking in the experience of a generous,
demonstrative earthly father.
I’m sure that I am not alone in this!
Yet, Scripture is full of the Love of God,
the complete expression of perfect Fatherhood,
Who longs to reveal Himself, His Heart, His Generosity.
Yes, His Heart that is open, that freely bestows blessing.
“Anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists
and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”
Are we so locked in self-giving-living that we stumble at the idea
that Father has beautiful things to give us?
Do we actually look for them, expect them?
Because of Who He is?
Or do we count ourselves out?
“Without faith it is impossible to please God,” that Scripture begins.
Let’s turn it round;
“With faith God is pleased.”
It pleases Him when we expect much of His Goodness,
when we grasp a bit more of His Nature,
when we look for His Provision with confidence,
when we believe for the best, not the worst,
when look to Him…..not to ourselves.
It pleases Him to open His Heart,
when our hearts are open to His Giving,
and our relationship is enriched with mutual thankfulness.
Does it ever occur to us that God gets excited
when we freely receive from His Hand?
Oh yes, we are Loved. 

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