Wednesday, December 9, 2009
"Counting It All Joy"
Kind of funny- Our blog name fits perfectly for today's post. This morning I was reading a devotional Jordan set aside for me to read (Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon). In a devotion about waiting on God to answer prayer (and the reality that often we have to "wait" for answers), Spurgeon wrote "You will treasure the mercy all the more because of the wait." I found this to be so true. I was telling a friend last week that our life is so much richer as of recent because of our daughter (and my dad). Every milestone achieved, every time Ansley reaches for something, rolls over, sits up stabler, or what have you is filled with such a deep and remarkable joy. You see, with Ansley none of those things are guaranteed, so when they come they are such sweet moments. It made me think about Zachary. When he was Ansley's age and he rolled over, sat up, walked... it was special, but in more of a sentimental kind of way. In a sense, we assumed that "of course" he would do all of those things. It was a given he would grow up and walk and talk and on and on. But with Ansley, those things aren't guaranteed, so they fill us with such a deeper joy and gratitude. When she does something, we rejoice and praise God for it. The more I thought about Zachary the more I started thinking about myself. You see, I am beginning to realize that for my son, my wife, myself, and all of the rest of us: we have no guarantee greater than Ansley. We just assume we do, and thereby miss out on millions of God's graces because we assume they belong to us. Most of my life I have assumed that I will (and perhaps even deserve) be healthy, generally happy, and generally successful. God has shown me through my daughter a new perspective. Ansley has shown me that each day, each blessing is a gift from a generous and gracious Father. I have begun to see things I "assumed" I should have as undeserved blessings. I have begun to see countless graces I took for granted for years. I challenge you: life becomes much richer as begin to cultivate a sense of thankfulness for God's rich and immeasurable generosity. As far as "deserving" goes: "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Rom. 6:23)