"For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead..." Romans 1:20

Thursday, September 29, 2016

See God in All Things

I recently came across this poem by A. E. Finn. . . .

“Give me a new idea,” I said,
While musing on a sleepless bed;
“A new idea that’ll bring to earth
A balm for souls of priceless worth;
That’ll give men tho’ts of things above,
And teach them how to serve and love,
That’ll banish every selfish thought,
And rid men of the sins they’ve fought.

The new thot came, just how, I’ll tell
“Twas when on bended knee I fell,
And sought from Him who knows full well
The way our sorrow to expel.
SEE GOD IN ALL THINGS, great and small,
And give Him praise whate’er befall,
In life or death, in pain or woe,
SEE God and overcome thy foe.

I SAW HIM in the morning light
HE made the day shine clear and bright;
I saw HIM in the noontide hour,
And gained from HIM refreshing shower.
At eventide, when worn and sad,
HE gave me help, and made me glad.
At midnight, when on tossing bed
My weary soul to sleep HE led.

I SAW HIM when great losses came,
And found HE loved me just the same.
When heavy loads I had to bear,
I found HE lightened every care.
By sickness, sorrow, sore distress,
He calmed my mind and gave me rest.
He’s filled my heart with gladsome praise
Since I gave HIM the upward gaze.

‘Twas new to me, yet old to some,
This thought that to me has become
A revelation of the way
We all should live throughout the day;
For as each day unfolds its light,
We’ll walk by faith and not by sight,
Life will, indeed, a blessing bring

This is not a new idea to me.  However, it does seem to be one that I forget all too easily.  Hannah Whitall Smith noted that, "Nothing else will completely put an end to all murmuring or rebelling thoughts."  Hannah's words have fueled my incentive to never forget this again:  See God in Everything!  Because when I do, all the things I've gained by abiding in Christ become tools I can reach for--my tool of patience because I know He sees all and knows the best time.  Love because I know its His love in me that enables me to love others.  Joy because I know that He works all things for my good.  

When I see God in everything I appreciate everything's worth, including my own.  And best of all, it keeps me close to Him.  I don't need to step outside His will for me because I am content. Content, not because I've given up all desires, but content knowing that if my desires are meant to be fulfilled He won't LET me give up on them.

Father, peace in my heart is truly a gift from You because only You can give true peace.  Thank you!

Link to Scripture:  John 14:27

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