“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”(Jeremiah 31:3)
It’s been a little hectic with so much going on in our nation, in our world. Stress, tension, and emotions are high. Offenses are plenty. Disagreements and divisions feel stronger than ever. Hurt goes deep. Resentments rise high …..
Maybe you’re finding that in your own personal life, this new year has already started off tough. Times are hard. Struggles are real. You may find yourself in a season of waiting or still grieving from recent losses or break-ups ….
But in all that we face, whatever we find ourselves walking through in our lives, or even in our nation, God constantly sets His reminders in our day … in the sky, and all around us, this one pervading and overwhelming message: You are loved ….
Sometimes we just have to pause and look up to notice. Stop looking all around at everyone else, stop looking down at screens, or at every new headline, but “up,” to Him.
His message of love is always there. It was written in the clouds recently, on a beautiful day in California. I captured it on my phone. A beautiful bow of bright colors stretching across the sky, and not once — but twice; once at dawn to begin my day, and then, amazingly a second time, just before dusk, wonderfully closing out my day …..
Maybe we see it in a colorful sunrise painted across the horizon, or a marvelous sunset of indescribable hues and blasts of color …..
Maybe we see it in glistening snow, spring rains, or in the majesty of mountains, and beauty of the ocean ….
Maybe we hear it in the early morning songs of chirping birds, or in children’s laughter, or through an encouraging word from a friend at just the right time ….
No matter where you are; God’s in it all …..
Yet often, we may miss it. Sometimes we’re just too busy to notice. Or we take it for granted. Or do notice but don’t give God the credit. But it doesn’t change the truth that His love is all around, surrounding, protecting, covering, every second, every hour of every day …..
In case you need a reminder today in the swirl of battles and brokenness around us, God’s love is perfect. God’s love is real. It has no end and there’s nothing we could ever do to make Him stop loving us. He’s drawing you closer to Himself, in the bright, sunny days, and even through the tough times, in the heartache and pain ….
He is faithful.
He is good.
He is loving.
He is with us!
No matter what you’re facing today, or even this week, be confident in God’s unchanging love for you. Choose to look “up” to Him today. Take time to be mindful and notice His gentle reminders of love and kindness that are constantly surrounding you every moment of every day ……
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture!” (1 Corinthians 13:4-9)
“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”(Romans 8:38-39)
You are Loved. Cherished. Valued …. If you’re feeling alone, as I am; if you feel discouraged, forgotten, neglected, insufficient, inadequate, or unworthy; please know that you are loved. I love you, with the purest form of love: the true source of love: Jesus Christ.