Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Deuteronomy 9:13-21, Psalm 119:49-72, Hebrews 3:12-19, John 2:23-3:15

You have done many good things for me, Lord, just as you promised.(Psalm 119:65.)

I have always been a believer, always had a relationship with God. Been involved with the church my whole life…took a long hiatus…but never stopped believing or talking to God. The predominant thought I had for most of my life when I thought about God was, “God never gives you more than you can handle”…apparently I can handle a lot.

I could probably write a book about my life so I won’t get into it during this short devotional. A few highlights….started using drugs as a young teenager; ran away from home and lived on “the streets” in Germany during the winter; ended up in rehab; finished high school while working full time to support myself; got sober for 7 years; graduated college with honors; started using drugs again... I had my ups and downs, but things never really settled down for me spiritually until I had children. Nowadays, my predominant thought is, “I am so blessed.”

When I read this passage I immediately thought about my life now…how good it is. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that the Lord has always done good things for me (i.e., providing me a large enough cardboard box to fit my whole body in to shelter me from the cold), even if my “good” may have appeared to be pretty bad to those looking on. I am blessed and have always been blessed.

Heavenly Father, during this Lenten season I pray we will all see the “many good things” you do for us, even if they may not appear to be obvious at the time. Amen.


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