Counting

24 07 2013

Psalm 37:5 says, “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act.” I love the confidence that flows from this promise. Commitment and trust open the door for God’s movement. God’s action will always bring God’s blessings. His movement ignites His purpose to take shape in our lives. His presence inspires the transformation that is at the heart of His desire for our hearts. When God acts, He brings the full measure of His goodness, grace, power, and faithfulness into our lives.

How do we learn to recognize and respond to God’s actions in our lives? It is easy to count the “big” blessings – the ones that warm our hearts, fill our lives with joy, and brighten our days. But I also need to learn how to search out the fingerprints that may be a little more difficult to spot. These are the blessings that are wrapped in inconvenience, are tucked in a difficulty, or are hidden in a hard circumstance. I prefer my blessings to be wrapped in sunshine and topped with a bow, but the blessings that most deeply shape my heart are sometimes found in the things that require me to look beyond myself and surrender. It takes time, perspective, and maturity to search out these blessings, but when we find them, we see God’s hand and His heart in a whole new way.

My Jesus Resolution today is to count the ways God is acting on my behalf. His movement should catch my eye, calm my soul, and provide me with direction. His fingerprints have the power to instill peace, provide safety, and assure me that I walk in the love of a God who never leaves me. His blessings should kindle praise, spark thanksgiving, and spur surrender. Today as I count, I am going to realize that I am just scratching the surface of the infinite ways God moves in me, for me, and with me.


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