For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life.
~ John 3: 16 ~
I am so thankful for Jesus! Through each day’s ups and downs, He remains constant! Praise Him! Sing to Him a joyful song!
Today a friend related a conversation she had with her 5-year-old daughter, Rae Anna, while they were sitting in the car. (It rained the entire time they waited for my friend’s husband.) This was the gist of it: Rae Anna told the rain to stop. She complained to her mom, “I told the rain to stop and it won’t!”
Her mom replied, “That’s because Jesus tells the clouds to rain. The rain is good.” She pointed to the trees and said, “The trees are dancing because they’re getting fed.” Rae Anna was delighted.
When they went to lunch, Rae Anna told the cashier, “The trees are dancing because they’re getting a lot of food! They’re having a celebration!” She was also dancing, jumping, and spinning around to show her joy at the trees getting the food they needed from Jesus.
My thought is that we should respond to the fact that Jesus loves us with the joy of a 5-year-old and celebrate Him. John 3:16 is not just a good verse to show at sports events or tell others when evangelizing, it is also a good reminder to all of us why our God sent Jesus to earth.
It is because of Jesus humbling Himself that we have a heavenly Father. In bringing us to His Father, Jesus brought us to the very One who can understand and comfort us in our times of need. (Even 5-year-olds have times of need.)
Jesus also gave us the Holy Spirit, to comfort, teach, guide, and abide with us forever. The Holy Spirit nurtures and keeps us until Jesus calls us home.
Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us — in sunny days, in rainy days; in gloomy in-between days, and always.
Look at the assurance Psalm 121:5-8 gives us that He is with us:
“The LORD is your keeper;
The LORD is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
The LORD shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.”
What more could we ask for? Our God is our everything!
Father, You gave Your beloved Son so that we could be one with You. Give us the grace to walk with You in the valleys and climb mountains. Thank You for being with us and caring for us. We rejoice that You restore our souls and for Your lovingkindness toward us.
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21).
By the way, it stopped raining early this morning and cold winds have cleared some of the skies. Join me in dancing while singing to our Lord a joyful song.