So, I was reading to Sophie from her Message Bible this evening and was just totally struck by the amazingness (is that even a word) of our God! As part of the Revelation study (Beth Moore) we are doing, she has asked that we pray each day that God would reveal Himself to us in some way. She asked that we write it down, be it a sunset, a child's smile, whatever, right down the ways He reveals Himself to you each day. I admit, I was thinking, "No problem! I'm already making a list of 1,000 gifts, so that will work!" I did, however, still pray this morning that God would reveal Himself. It came this evening reading to Sophie! We read portions of Matt. 6 (it's a children's message Bible, so it skipped the "fasting" portion). Here's the part that really revealed to me the amazing God He is (though I suggest reading the whole chapter, in both the NIV, NKJV, and The Message!) Here it is from the Message:
25-26"If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don't fuss about what's on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds. 27-29"Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.
30-33"If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don't you think he'll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I'm trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God's giving. People who don't know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don't worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. 34"Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
Wow!!!! I have to admit, it was the part about the flowers that got me! So many times I have looked at flowers or bouquets of flowers and truly, there are very few things on earth that compare with that beauty! And most flowers are not even seen! And if He clothes them so well, takes such good care of them, does He not care that much more for me? I have no need to fear because the God who created the Universe, who holds the Universe together, is caring for me! He knows all, sees all, and controls all! What do I have to fear?!?!? Lord, thank You for answered prayers! Thank you for revealing Yourself, even in the midst of reading a children's Bible! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! I know this may seem small and trivial, but God really punched me with it this evening!