Last weekend my husband and I spent three days in Colorado driving the highways and mountain passes bathed in aspen gold and orange. Each bend in the narrow roads lured us on with the promise of the next stunning vista ahead, and we were not disappointed.
Some of the local residents told us the views were the best they’d seen in thirty years. We stopped at any pull-off area we could to take photos. My husband is quite artistic and has a good eye for setting up the frame to capture the best picture. We have numerous examples of his talent to remind us of this, and past trips.
I share this with you because, at many of these photo-taking stops, I stood beside the car or walked to the road’s edge and found myself telling God how awesome His creation is. Praise erupted from my heart and tumbled out my mouth in gratitude for the beauty and for opportunity He gave us to view it. I had some pain issues during the trip and was not physically doing the best, but even that could not restrain my enthusiasm or love of the magnificent scenery.
Genesis 1:31 Amplified Bible (AMP) And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good (suitable, pleasant) and He approved it completely.
God made us. His creation is good, very good and when we live in right relationship with Him, we accomplish what He created us for in every area of our lives. That however, is the key. Living in right relationship with God. Which means we have to get to know Him as a friend and a father. You can only do that by spending time with Him in prayer, praising, asking questions, being still, listening to His heart and then, going about your life based on the things you learned from sitting at His feet.
I get myself in trouble every time I neglect this most important area of my life.
In my post, Adoption-An Answer for the Pain, I shared with you the devastating loss of my first child through miscarriage after eight endless years of infertility. I suffered a miscarriage again, later in my life. During each of these life crises, I tore myself apart by believing lies I told myself, that I was useless, and a failure as a woman. While battling the infertility and dealing with the first miscarriage, I negatively questioned, begged and finally railed against God for His seeming non-caring of my life issues. In reality, nothing was further from the truth, and after some healing time had passed; He opened the door to adoption and now I have two children and two grandchildren!
I got my self into this self-pity arena by not spending time with God as His child and my Father. Sharing intimacy with someone is not time filled with blaming and anger. God patiently waited for me to heal, all the time aiding my recovery by the power of the Holy Spirit, and I did’nt even know it was happening. He loved me then, and He loves me now. Just like He loves you. We are His creation, His children, and He loves us with a good Father’s heart.
If you’re telling yourself you’re worthless, useless, a failure, or that God has abandoned you, those are lies from the enemy, (satan). Recognize them as lies and do not receive those falsehoods into your spirit. When you spend large amounts of time with someone, you pick up their traits and mannerisms and incorporate them into your own life. I want that from God. Not only for Him to abide in me, but for me to live in Him, become like Him. So, when you hear those lies in your head. Rise up! Say NO! Your are God’s creation, His child and He loves you.
It’s a journey. A path we’ll travel our whole lives. Sometimes, we’ll step off the path, get back on, make some wrong turns and perhaps, even turn around and walk back before we right ourselves again.
New International Reader’s Version (NIRV) “God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.