My husband and I are in Colorado at this writing, having arrived a few days ago from our home in Michigan. It is an amazing retreat for us to come here surrounded by several Fourteeners, (14,000+ foot mountain peaks), adjacent to the Arkansas River (known here as the “Mighty Ark”), and under a canopy of sky that is sunny and blue most days.
So why was I so bummed out yesterday? I kind of got on a downward spiral of “If only”s.
• If only it were warmer.
• If only the storm hadn’t rained on the outdoor concert we had planned to attend.
• If only my email account hadn’t jammed.
• If only . . .
For no good reason, I ended the day feeling dissatisfied.
Then this morning, I opened my day with this prayer, as I usually do, “Good morning, heavenly Father. I worship You as the Creator and Sustainer of the universe.”
It was as if He said in return, “Do you mean that? Creator? Have you looked around lately? You are sitting here among some of My best work saying ‘if only’. Really?”
Busted! Immediately something came into my mind I could say “thank You” for and I did that. Then another and another and another until a deep sense of satisfaction came over me. From frowns to smiles in about two minutes! God’s way is much better than my way.
And there’s nothing like seeing, really seeing, His creation to remind us of how great our God is. I bet there is some of His best work around you, too. Take a look!
“It’s not happy people who are thankful. It’s thankful people who are happy.” (Anonymous source)
Thank you for the wonderful reminder that saying “thank you” to God brings an immediate release from fear that tries to creep in. Enjoy CO!
It is amazing all the problems sincere gratitude can put into perspective. I appreciate your thought!
Saw this quotation today after starting off the day with your post.
“Love all God’s creation, both the whole and every grain of sand. Love every leaf, every ray of light. Love the animals, love the plants, love each separate thing. If you love each thing you will perceive the mystery of God in all; and when once you perceive this, you will thenceforward grow every day to a fuller understanding of it: until you come at last to love the whole world with a love that will then be all-embracing and universal.”
+Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
Heaven is already here on earth if we see Him in this way. Come Father God , come ! Fill me and recharge me, so I can share your love and feel your presence. You are all I need. Such peace you bring as we see the creation you spoke into being.
Beautifully said, Marcia. I could not agree more!