Yesterday after work, I sat and talked with poppa God. I was longing for Him. I missed Him. I asked Him, "Show me your love." I needed to go back to where "I" left Him and His love before allowing man to replace His love.
This morning I was listening to the sermon “A Lily Among the Thorns” by Jentezen Franklin. “He was talking about the love story God wrote to us starting with, Song of Solomon 2:1-2 I am a rose[a] of Sharon, a lily of the valleys. As a lily among brambles, so is my love among the young women.
He went on to say, “You make feel like a nothing, a nobody, Life may have made you felt like a castaway, rag doll, worthless, you may feel like a relic of the past….BUT let me tell you who “I” see YOU as. I see you as a lily among the thorns. When I look at all the rest of the girls I can choose, I see YOU as a lily among the thorns.”
Despite our past, how we feel or what we think, He LOVES us. We stand out among the thorns.
He went into detail describing the white lily in reference to Christ. The fragrance is strong. It has seven grains inside the petals reflecting seven spirits of GOD - the spirit of the Lord, the spirit of knowledge, the spirit of wisdom, the spirit of power, the spirit of counsel,the spirit of understanding , the spirit of favor. Its white covering represents God coming down as human form, covering our sins and making us white as snow. It doesn't stand straight up but bows down. When we think "God I can't reach you", He comes down to us. This is how much GOD loves you, me, us.
Then at work GOD continued to remind me how He loves me. We had our daily devotional and the topic was God Loves You Unconditionally. (Now I am smiling because I feel like He is starting to flatter me.) The scriptures for today were from Psalms and if you ever read the book, you will notice how much David loved the Lord. It’s like a love story to GOD.
Sometimes, we have to look back to where we lost something. We have to retrace our steps in order to find it. I’ve been so busy with my ministry that I haven’t made time for GOD on a personal, intimate level and I was starting to feel the effect. I had to go back to where I felt that “I” left His love. He is so gracious and patient with us and He loves us unconditionally. That is one thing that never changes………….JustFood4Thought