The Lord has declared today that you are his people, his own special treasure, just as he promised, and that you must obey all his commands. (Deuteronomy 26:18)
Relate: I am fighting a cold that just will not quit. Have you ever had one of those? When I first got it, I was like, “Bummer. I’m gonna be down and out for a day or two.” Then it became three, and four, and five. If I am not better by the time I wake up tomorrow, this think will have gone into double digits. First it was in my throat, then I was all congested, now I am back to sounding like a teenage frog with bronchitis going through puberty.
Maybe you are a bit better at handling these things than I am. I mean, I sprained my ankle, it blew up like a balloon in a couple hours. Yet I still managed to walk twenty kilometers out of the wilderness into town and to a hotel where I can rest and recover. I’m a man. (Insert arm whipping and grunting noises here). But give me a tiny little persistent cold and you will find me moaning on the floor of the shower as the water beats down saying, “God, I’m ready. You can take me home now.”
React: When the skies are grey and the rain drizzles on and on and on… and so does my nose, I don’t feel all that loved. I don’t feel all that special. I don’t ever really have any bad hair days because I don’t ever have hair but there are plenty of other little things that seem to get to me. Sometimes I have what I call “Murphy’s Law” days. Sometimes they become Murphy’s Law weeks. It is in times like those, it is in days like today that I just need to pick a song like the one above and just play it on continuous repeat. When everything seems to be going well, I don’t need reminders that I am loved, but on days like today… I am so grateful for little reminders like this song popping up in my email, and verses like this showing up in my daily read.
Thank You for loving me. I know how beautiful You are and how undeserving I am of such favor but still You lavish it out on me. Thank You. Thank You especially for the gentle reminders when I need them most that I am loved. Thank You for the countless ways You show me. Help me now to show that love to others I know that need another reminder from You.