If you’re reading this (and I guess it’s pretty safe to assume you are) you are someone I hold in my heart, someone I love, someone for whom I pray, desiring you be gob-smacked by God’s revealed heart. Do you receive that? Do you believe that? Will the knowing that there is another human being who is aware of you and who cares about you (even though physically apart) positively impact how you interact with your day? And this is just yours truly we’re talking about! On another echelon entirely (and I do mean entirely!) there is this One who created everything and everyone and who unswervingly holds each one carved lovingly, intimately ‘in the palm of his hand.’ And he never slumbers or sleeps, so whether you’re up at the crack of dawn or the crack of noon or raring to go at 1 AM, he’s on call. The Psalmists describe this powerful attachment with terms like, refuge, high tower, shield and buckler, mighty fortress, Shepherd, Most High God, Bright and Morning Star, God of Splendor, and oodles more! Just look at these words from Psalm 8 as translated in The Passion Translation:
Look at the splendor of your skies, your creative genius glowing in the heavens.
When I gaze at your moon and your stars, mounted like jewels in their settings,
I know you are the fascinating artist who fashioned it all!
But when I look up and see such wonder and workmanship above,
I have to ask this question:
Compared to all this cosmic glory, why would you bother with puny, mortal man
or be infatuated with Adam’s sons (and daughters)?
In answer to King David’s question above, Jesus, 1000 years later, would say to another generation of Adam’s kids: “You did not choose Me. I chose you, and I orchestrated all of this . . .” (John 15:16, as translated in The VOICE).
May you, these 2000 years later, receive the stunning truth that God, who spoke ‘all this cosmic glory’ into being, is still as infatuated with you as David found Him to be in his day. And may this whopping huge ‘lightbulb going on’ kick the turmoil and stress and ugliness of the day to the curb (kerb, in Queen’s English) and cause you to settle down into this welcoming, cocooning Love that is your daily, way-more-than-you-can-hold-in-your-hands, portion. Can’t you already hear his, ‘I love you’? OK. Cool. See y’all tomorrow at 10 AM. pd