By: Nicole Corey
I burst into tears as I pulled out of the parking lot of a long and horrible day. Life after loss had to go on regardless if I was ready for it or not. The dam busted, and I could no longer contain myself. I crashed and burned so hard that all I could do was isolate myself.
My embarrassment and shame was written all over my face, along with my red eyes and teary cheeks. The weather that day could have not more perfectly matched how I felt. Even the sun had had enough as it bailed behind the clouds, unnoticed and blocked from sight. The dark black clouds brought with them the torrents of water like that which poured from my soul.
It was all I could do. Rain slammed hard against the windshield as if the pain to my heart. I could no longer see. I had to pull over. I closed my eyes. Unaware of of how much time had passes as loss poured out of me, I catch a flash of light. I open my eyes.
In the darkness and sadness of this day, the brightest light broke through the clouds and rain as if breaking through a great cement wall. It was the most stunning thing I had ever seen:
It was in that moment, that my tears ceased and God’s wonder and creation spoke to my heart.
He used his creation to show me no matter how dark life is, his light will always break through, he is still there and he never left me, and he has never left you.
God created all of everything that is good. And created it for us, to show his love for us. And his work is impressive!
My words can not even remotely capture the depth of God’s love for us, and nothing can separate us from his love (Romans 8:38-39). Every good and perfect gift we have, and it is all a gift, comes from God (James 1:17).
Nothing else will ever make sense, without beginning at this one truth. There are other “theories” as to how creation and humanity came about; but they are just that, theories. Any other belief will leave us empty and seeking. God uses creation’s goodness and beauty to point us to him and to illicit worship from us. “For his [God’s] invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they [we] are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).
What good is in your life?
Even in the midst of a trial, there is still at least one thing to be thankful for. Even if the only thing you have to be thankful for is the promise that God is with you and will never leave you.
A few on my list: The ability to love, Having someone to love, Family and friends, Purpose, Full tummies and provisions, The ability to learn
So, how do we praise God?
Simply saying thank you to God for what we have:
I acknowledge that every good thing I have comes from you. Thank you, Lord, for ________________. I am grateful to you for this because __________.
Thank you. In Jesus’ name,
God calls to us through his natural creation. He calls us to believe that he is real, he is here, and he loves us!
He reveals his love for us in taking care of our basic needs. He knows every hair on our heads and will make sure we have all we need.
Regardless of where we are in life, moment by moment, we are taken care of. We may lack most of what we want, but we have everything we need this every moment.