Monday, February 24, 2014

A Kiss From Heaven

     Now you can call me crazy for even thinking this, but I believe God can touch us in so many ways to comfort our hearts and encourage us.  So, when I stepped outside with the dog this past week, I looked up and saw a huge "X" in the sky.  It was made by two jet contrails over our house.  Until this past week, I have never seen this ever happen.  Then, Saturday, while we were at a wedding, there was another big "X" in the sky over the site of the ceremony, and once again, today, I saw two double "X's" over the house.  These are like kisses from heaven....a reminder of God's abiding love.  I know. I know.  There is a danger in looking for signs but these simply served as symbols of comfort and blessing.
     I wonder how many of us miss the small details every day that reveal God's love for us and His abiding presence?  A friendly smile, a hug, a word of encouragement, a card for a birthday or even a simple compliment can be vehicles the Lord can use to bless our lives.  However, in our rush to meet the demands of our every day routine, we often overlook the grace and mercy which the Lord provides.  Psalm 19:1 reads:  "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork."  We just need eyes to see and a heart ready to receive all that the Lord has in store for us each day.
     Our first source, of course, is in His Word.  This is where we begin to recognize who God is, His character and His attributes.  He opens our hearts to know Him as we read through the pages of the Bible.  It is the truth that makes us aware of who we are and for what purpose the Lord has made us.  The more I read His Word each day the more I know of His abiding love for me, and the great price He paid for my salvation.  This is what opens our eyes to the beauty of creation, and makes us aware of His presence with us daily.
     A second source is found in prayer.  If we really want to draw near to God, we need to talk to Him.
James tells us "....You do not have because you do not ask" (James 4:2b).  He goes on to say that we do not ask rightly for the things we really need which is to grow closer to the Lord and seek to glorify Him.  Instead, we often ask amiss for things which we do not need to have in our lives.  However, when we ask Him for wisdom, to see the small details of His grace in our lives each day, to help us grow in thankfulness for every day blessings, He will give us the desire of our heart.  Prayer is a precious conversation between us and our Almighty Creator made possible by the blood of Jesus Christ.  How could we not want to talk with the One who made us and knows us better than ourselves?
     Finally, if we want to really see God in the details of life, we need fellowship on a consistent regular basis.  Going to church has become such a great joy in my life.  Being with other believers stimulates, encourages and knocks off the rough edges of life.  We are iron sharpening iron as we meet to worship God and study His Word together.  Hearing the testimonies of others and rejoicing in answered prayer makes me more aware than ever of how God cares about every little detail of our lives.                                                                                                                                                  
     Without the elements of reading His Word, spending time in prayer and fellowshipping with other believers, we will miss seeing all that God has done and is doing for us.  The wonder of creation, and the beauty we find in our daily life comes from a relationship with God our Father in heaven.  Maybe those "X's" in the sky just happened to be there, but I know that our Lord and Savior can use many means in this world to bring us encouragement and blessing.  For now, I choose to think of them as "kisses from heaven".  Allow Him to open your eyes to His wonders, joys, and small details each day as you spend time with Him.  Selah!

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