Happy moments, praise God
Difficult moments, seek God,
Quiet moments, worship God,
Painful moments, trust God,
. . . Every moment, thank God!!!
This quote remindes me of a Bible verse. I like the way it reads in the Message version. It is Philippians 4:11 and it says this:
"I've learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I'm just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I've found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am!"
I will be the first one to say that the past few years have been days, weeks, and months of my life that have been anything but "happily ever after"! But I have a God that has seen me through many trials and obstacles along the way. No, it hasn't always been easy - but God has been there to help me make it through the tough times on to some very "blessed" times of pure joy unspeakable and full of glory, as the old hymn says! I've had my share of happy times that I do praise God for.
There have been those difficult times where I learned to seek God and lay my burden at His feet, knowing that He knew every difficulty far better than I did. And He knew where it would take me and how much I would grow through the experience it taught me as I learned, lived and matured in my faith in a loving, caring God that wants us to bring our difficulties to Him. Just as a child brings their difficulties to us as parents - so He longs for us to bring "all" of our difficulties to Him.
I've learned to treasure the quiet times when I worship Him. It may be in my car, at home, at church, in the back yard - anywhere I am because that is where He is! My whole being simply taking in the awesome, unmatched sense of awe and wonder as I realize who He is and what He has done for me. He is the great "I am" - that means that He is EVERYTHING that I can even imagine and then some. He's been there, done that, He is IT! He is all there is . . . just for me and you! Anything I can imagine - He is IT! He knows just how I feel, what's going on in my life, in my family, and everything about me. He has the answers I long to know. He alone is waiting for me to truly worship Him in my day to day life and know that I have seen Jesus. . . can trust Him. . . can love Him. . . can obey His call to worship Him with my whole heart, soul, mind, and strength!
And what about those painful moments - can I trust Him then too? Yes, Yes, Yes!! It is during those painful times that I need Him the most. The times of hurt, misunderstanding, sorrow, sickness, and just plain fearful times when I haven't known what was ahead. These are the times I've learned to put all of my trust in His steady, unchanging hand.
As I look back on my life's journey there have been times when I seemed to be holding on for dear life and do you know what?? He never let go of me!!! And He will not let go of you either if you trust Him and give everything over to God's Almighty hand! The Hand of God reaches down to each one of us as we go through life's journey. It may lead us over the mountain, down into the valley, and maybe even across the plain - but He is there through it all.
It is through each of these phases of our lives that we learn to simply thank God for every moment in our lives, knowing that these moments have brought us closer to Him. Happy, difficult, quiet, painful moments . . . Every moment, thank God!!!
"I've learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I'm just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I've found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am!" (Philippians 4:11)