Sunday, January 16, 2011

New York, New York!!

Oh how I love to travel! And, I've been blessed with the opportunity to see much of God's creation. There's always a trip on the horizon, someplace to go, something new to discover. My favorite cities of all the ones I've been to, is New York City.  It's big, bustling, adventurous, full of stuff to do. My family and I have been there several times, and each time we create wonderful memories. New York, New York!
There's a show on TV called Selling New York, and I watch it once a week or so.  It's all about a couple of big hot shot real estate agencies that sell million dollar homes in the City of New York.  I watched an episode yesterday and the home for sell was outside of the city, in the country, on an island!  The entire island was for sell with this 5200 square foot stone house. It was very lovely, indeed!
What got me though was how it's all for nothing.  The island, the house, the money, the drive to have the best, without God, it's all for nothing. Meaningless, empty, worthless.
I read in Isaiah 40 this morning and right there on it's pages it says "The grass withers, the wildflowers fade, if God so much as puffs on them."  Wow, isn't that amazing? I mean, God's power? It astounds me, empowers me, frightens me, leads me to want to know Him more. His glory shines everywhere and the more I see His glory the less I want New York. What I want is to run after Him, seek Him, know His blessings, discover His beauty and His life within me. My goal is His eternal kingdom, and my desires are to tell others of this kingdom.
Further into the chapter it tells of my Creator "Who has scooped up the ocean in his two hands or measured the sky between his thumb and  little finger. Who has put earth's dirt in one of his baskets."
Do I understand the magnitude and the magnificence of my God?  No, I don't. My name is written on the palm of His hand, He has the ability to scoop me up at any given moment. He is life itself!  He is on the throne, He knows the plan.  He sits above this earth, and we are all like little ants in comparison. Nothing is hidden from Him, not my thoughts, my actions, my motives.  He knows all things,  and He knows me.
The chapter ends with a promise "He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youth grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary."
Today I will repeat this promise to myself and know that God is my strength.  I will remember that I do lack might, but through Him my power is increased.  Power to speak, to love, to forgive, to be in relationship. When I get tired of the daily battle before me, I will pray for Him to renew me, and  lift me as high as an eagle.  In Him I will soar and I will not get tired. I will walk His path and not become weary.
Father, my faithful God, Say That Again to me, all day today!

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