We should always look at life with awe and wonder being amazed by the beauty that surrounds us. So many times people miss the beauty of creation because they are so focused on their own plight that they miss what is so evident all around them. When we take a moment to stop focusing on ourselves and focus more on the beauty that surrounds us I believe we will begin to be more praise filled and grateful for all that we didn’t see before. Each season that we are blessed enough to see brings with it different sceneries that are beautiful to behold. The Spring renewing, the summer beauty, the fall colors, the winter whiteness are all differently wonderful to look at, feel and relish in. We see with every new season the changes that are necessary for this world to continue flowing as God has intended since the beginning of time. Seeing the change of seasons should encourage our hearts to know that our life is just the same. New seasons will come into our life as well. We will overcome the trials and tribulations that try to overwhelm us in one season and in our new season we will find comfort and rest. (Psalm 100:4-5) (Genesis 8:22)
No matter what you may be going through I encourage and challenge you to look past this difficult season in your life and with your eyes of faith see your new coming season that will be brighter and more blessed than you can even think or imagine for yourself. Trust that the trials of today will serve a purpose for your tomorrows. They will strengthen you, equip you, motivate you and show you how much resolve you really do have within your spirit. Don’t count yourself short, don’t think of giving up, but with a quiet confidence keep God’s perfect peace within your heart knowing that He will be there to strengthen you and guide your every step because of your faith and trust in Him. At the end of our seasons we will see clearly that though our journey wasn’t always a smooth one, we became all the better because of the obstacles, trials and challenges that were in our path and helped to make us the great people of faith we have become. (2 Corinthians 4:15-18) (Job 23:10-11)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to always have a childlike trust in the Lord knowing that He will never leave you nor forsake you.
THE MYSTERY AND THE MAGIC
When I was a young boy Autumn always seemed to be filled with mystery and magic. I would go to sleep on a warm Summer’s night with the mountains full of green leaves and awake on a cool Fall morning with the hills full of reds and yellows. I would be amazed at how one tree’s leaves would be one color and a different tree’s leaves another. I would pick up the freshly fallen leaves, take them inside and give them to my Mom like they were a bouquet of flowers. Later when the ground was covered with them I would dance along their crunchy, colorful carpet. I would lie down on them, inhale and delight in their wonderful smell. I would rake them into piles and jump in them again and again. And as Fall neared its end I would stare at the bare trees and mourn their loss. Still, I knew that the Winter’s snows would soon make the trees beautiful again in a different way. I also knew that in the Spring the leaves would return to the mountains of my home reborn in the warmth and the light.
As I got older my science classes solved the mystery of how the leaves changed in my mind. Yet, knowing why they changed didn’t take away from the magic of it. It was still a joy to wake up one day and see a different world outside my window. It was still a pure pleasure to walk in this new world and delight in its beauty. It still made me feel like a happy child again thanking God for giving us such a wonderful world to live in.
Life is full of mystery and magic. We can deny it with a frown or we can embrace it with a smile. I hope you always see the world around you for the miraculous creation it is. I hope you realize that it is a gift from God to be enjoyed, cherished, and cared for as well. I pray you see the magical power of love within yourself too. And I hope you use it well to create compassion, beauty, kindness, laughter, and joy everyday of your life.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 1:1-3 “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in His law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”
Psalm 61:1-4 “Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto Thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For Thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in Thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of Thy wings. Selah.”
Psalm 34:11-15 “Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD. What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry.”
Psalm 103:2-5 “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.”
All scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: ALWAYS WITH ME
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Today's Selected Testimony: PRAISE THE LORD
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry