Sometimes I wonder if life can go by any faster. These past two months have gone by quicker than the blink of an eye, especially while balancing maintaining relationships with family and friends, pursuing a healthy marriage and taking care of little M (who by the way is growing like a weed!). And of course that’s not to mention the daily stuff like cleaning house, cooking meals, grocery shopping, etc. And I’m sad to admit that as time goes on, life will only go on even faster.
One of my New Year’s resolutions this year was to take the time to enjoy the small things in life, to not get so caught up in life that I miss the little moments where there is joy to be found, and, most importantly, to give thanks in the midst of every circumstance. It’s been a journey, to say the least, trying to be thankful for every little moment.
I remember about a month ago when I took M by myself to visit a family member: we were three hours into the trip and had at least another half an hour to go when he started wailing at the top of his little lungs. I knew he was hungry, but with no way to warm up a bottle I decided to push on, knowing he could wait 30 minutes or so. Well, the dog, who I had brought along with us, joined in the chorus and started whining in unison with M’s wails. There was a moment where I was like Really, God? Does this have to happen NOW? That was when one of Bethel Music’s songs, Ever Be, came on over the car stereo. The first part of the song is as follows:
Your love is devoted, like a ring of solid gold, like a vow that is tested, like a covenant of old. Your love is enduring through the winter rain and beyond the horizon with mercy for today. Faithful You have been, and faithful you will be. You pledge yourself to me and it’s why I sing “Your praise will ever be on my lips.”
In Daniel 3 it’s written that King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of solid gold, a god to whom all his people were to bow down to, and if not the punishment of being thrown into a fiery furnace would be reaped. Knowing that there was, is, and always will be only One True God, and that we are called to bow down to Him and Him alone, Daniel’s companions, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, refused to bow down to King Nebuchadnezzar’s massive idol. In a furious rage that the three men didn’t obey his commands, the King ordered them to be brought down to the fiery furnace where he gave them two options: to bow down to the god or be thrown into the fire to burn. And if they did choose to disobey him, the King asked what god would ever deliver them. The men’s answer is so bold and so sure: Our God, whom we serve, is able to deliver us. But if not, He is still good.”
Did you catch that?
If not, He is still good.
Even if my baby is crying in the backseat and the dog is whining in the front seat while I am pretty much helpless to deal with them for the next half an hour, even if he chooses not to heal me from Bipolar until the day I see His face, even if, even if, even if.. He is still good, and He still deserves our thanks and our praise.
With the passing of last year, this has continually been on my heart. It’s informed my New Year’s resolutions, it’s informed the way I’ve been trying to intentionally take hold of all the small moments, finding joy in their midst and giving thanks to Him no matter what. And I admit, it’s no easy feat! In fact it’s one of the hardest things to I’ve ever done. I continually have to check myself, to check my heart’s attitude. And quite frankly, I fail at it. More often than not. But His grace is unending.
What have you been learning lately? I’d love to hear all about it, so please comment below or fire me a message!
Love you ladies,