because he doesn’t have to, but he does

“Why is everything so beautiful?” That thought must have run through my mind 20 times on my walk today. Everything was just so beautiful and it’s like I was seeing with new eyes.

The way the sunlight was making the leaves glimmer and the wind was making them dance…was making me cry.

Yahweh. He dreamed of this. All of this beauty. What does that say about who He is? What does all of this beauty tell us about Him? That he would create this glorious earth for us to live in every day?

Before I started out, I made a playlist on my ipod. “You have given me more than I could ever have wanted, and I want to give you my heart and my soul…” these lyrics ringing truth into my ears and straight to my heart.

It wasn’t long before the tears were welling up in my eyes. Not out of sadness.

But just because I have been given more than I could ever ask for.

He just blesses us, and sometimes it catches us off guard.


And we say “Why?”
…..Because. Just because. That’s who He is. He is so good. He just loves, and gives, and keeps on loving and giving.

I can be so selfish and silly sometimes, to think about the one thing I lack. That one thing that would make everything perfect. I just completely push aside all of this abundant, overwhelming blessing that is so easy to take for granted. I become so spoiled.

Today, I am amazed.
I am AMAZED. Look at my life. Look at your life. Look how blessed we are. Look how the Lord has showered us with blessing after blessing, unmerited grace, beauty, joy, gifts that we don’t deserve and didn’t even think to ask for, gifts we could not even dream up ourselves.

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! He LAVISHES us.

“Lavish” conveys extravagance. Our Father loves EXTRAVAGANTLY.

Do we know how loved we are? All the days of our life, we will be loved.

There will never be a day that we are not loved.

The love of God is greater than anything we can imagine.

The same God that carved out mountains and keeps them standing today,
who hollowed out space for the ocean and makes waves tirelessly come and go, every day, every night, all the time,
who takes a tiny acorn and turns it into a massive, majestic oak tree,
who sends rain and snow to the earth so that it bears seed and gives us food to eat,
who sustains and upholds all things by the word of His power,
who knows the boundaries of the endless galaxies and cosmos that we don’t even know exist……

This very same one who is in control of all that, is in control of OUR LIFE.

The same one who directs the steps of time directs the steps of our lives. The same one who upholds all things, holds our hearts.

We will never have fear if we hold onto this truth. If we know who He is, and if we know His love for us, we will never be afraid of anything.

Perfect love casts out fear.

Today, I am thankful. I am so, so thankful.

“Thank you” is the only right response we can give Him. Period.

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