This has been a good week. I've spent a lot of time with people that I love, and we've had fun together. My two youngest kids and I went for a long drive and listened to a favorite book, Three Weeks with my Brother, by Nicholas Sparks. (see my review for this book on www.rootedinmercy.com) We went swimming at a little beach, and we ate ice cream. I also spent an evening walking with a close friend, and more time walking with my daughter in-law and grandson. Again, I praise God for the people He has put in my life and the journey He walks with me. Each day is a new adventure and there is joy.
There have been a lot of adjustments, growing pains, and moments of searching. Life is continually richer for me as I recognize God's handiwork.
What brings a richness to your life? How has God taken the growing pains in your life and turned them into joy? Who do you have in your life that enriches you? Where is your purpose on this earth, and how is that purpose bringing light to the world? When you are in the midst of pain, how does that brokenness shine with the light of God?
God causes all things to work together for good to those that love Him. And, even though life is not always fair, God is. He is fair and just, and everything He does is out of love towards us. He is good. When I started to believe this and see this, life changed for me on many levels.
I know that life is not fair. I have current situations that do not feel fair, but God continues to give me a heart of compassion for those situations and a faith that He will bring joy from the pain. There is strength in being able to recognize the pain, trust others with your pain, and then walk in faith that God has it handled.
I'm thanking God for this day. Even in the midst of a world that can be unfair, there is so much good. Treasures, really.
And, I'm listening to God Say That Again as we journey together.