“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field”
This is a piece of scripture from last Sunday’s Gospel reading. Throughout scripture, the Holy Bible, we read of God’s goodness and the blessings God pours upon each of us. A treasure. This got me thinking. How often do we think God’s goodness is just that, a hidden treasure? We find ourselves overwhelmed by our current circumstances finding that we lack everything we need. Instead of seeing or experiencing what is right before us…in plain sight we think God is hiding God’s goodness from us. Somewhere, far, far away, available only to those who can find it.
Dear friends, that is NOT how God works! God gives goodness to ALL. God’s goodness is everywhere. The question is, are you looking for it? Are you asking God to show you the blessings that constantly flood your direction? If not, it can be very difficult to see and even welcome God’s goodness.
Is it a treasure? Absolutely!! Is it a hidden treasure? Not really. But one must be open to seeing and experiencing God’s goodness, or it will certainly remain hidden to any human heart.
Thanking God today,
“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.”
Hopefully, these words are familiar to you. They were a part of our worship service yesterday. These words from Paul remind me that whatever my heart wants to say to God, God hears. Even when my heart is in too much pain to formulate words into sentences, God understands. The Spirit intercedes. The Spirit intervenes on my behalf, making sure the message of my innermost heart is received by the Living God.
What do you want to say to God today? Can’t find the words? No worries, the Spirit will translate the jumbled up mess of your heart for God to understand. But it doesn’t stop there…wait for God to answer. Listen. God is speaking. God will respond and again the Spirit will be ready, willing, and able to translate. That my friends is the power of prayer!
Light of the World!
So, how dark is your world right now? Really! How does that which surrounds you or fills you provide light or darkness to your life? In other words, what is the focus of your days and your nights? Sure, the sun, moon, and stars might be shining, you may even have turned a light or two on, but what fills the world around you? Perhaps the things swirling around you include some or many of the following; recent COVID statistics, political stories, and accusations, family complications, overarching social media, health concerns, fear over the future, nagging of endless chores, spending too much time indoors or isolated from those you care about, economic uncertainty and the bidding of friends. If these are the characteristics that surround you day in and day out, I would gather your world is pretty dark right now. It is likely filled with anger, resentment, frustration, despair, disappointment, grief, and fear.
But…what if instead, we allowed the light in? What if we surrounded ourselves (even in the midst of a global pandemic) with things of light? What if instead of the above list you filled your surroundings with; quiet time, reading God’s Word, prayer, in nature, discovering or practicing a talent, giving to others, sleep, worship, and laughter? It is then that we see and experience the Light of Christ.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
The light is very present, but so is darkness. We have a choice. What will you allow to fill your life; the darkness of this world or the light of our Living God? The choice is yours.
In His Light,