a random reflection

eternity is in every moment of my everydays because God is in every moment of my everyday and He is eternal — He is eternity

” ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.’ ”  (Revelation 1:8)

“For in Him we live and move and have our being.”  (Acts 17:28)

“Does He not see my ways and count my every step?”  (Job 31:4)

“O Lord, You have searched me and You know me.  You know when I sit and when I rise;  You perceive my thoughts from afar.  You discern my going out and my lying down; You  are familiar with all my ways.  Before a word is on my tongue You know it completely, O Lord.  You hem me in — behind and before; You have laid Your hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.”  (Psalm 139:1-6)


pickleball-perils, pitfalls & pleasures

yes, I continue my recently acquired relationship with this new, oddly named sport and it is growing on me.  I mean, with a name like pickleball how high could my expectations be, anyway?  This sport does involve a ball but the ball is not shaped like a pickle (that would be awkward).  It is a green color however, so maybe that is the inspiration for the name.  Although a tennis ball is the same green color and tennis wasn’t called pickleball.  Maybe this is just one of those mysteries of the universe better left unsolved.

Now I must confess to you that pickleball really isn’t all that perilous, I just said that for dramatic effect.  In fact, pickleball has far more pleasures than perils or pitfalls, which is probably why it is so popular.  A combination of tennis, ping-pong and badminton- pickleball has something for everyone.  I think it is the ball that is the ‘pitfall’.  The pickleball seems to have a mind of its own and doesn’t always go where I think it is going to go.  It seems to delight in making me look foolish as I swing and miss it entirely.

But at this point I have another confession to make to you, dear readers.  When I play pickleball I don’t wear my glasses!  (and I don’t wear contacts)  Neither my teammates nor my opponents are aware of this little known fact.  Lately I have begin to ponder the question of just how much might my playing of pickleball improve if my vision was suddenly improved by simply wearing my glasses? Maybe it’s not the fickleness of the pickleball after all?  Maybe it’s my lack of clear vision that has been clouding my perception and impacting my ability to play the game?

Kind of hard to hit a ball that I am not seeing clearly!  No wonder my on court reactions to the approaching pickleball are off.  Too slow, too quick, hit too hard, not hard enough, always off in some aspect.  How could I have been so blind to this obvious fact?  Not unlike my off the pickleball court experience with the situations and the people in my everyday life.  I need to have clear vision in order to truly see circumstances and people as they are and interact with them based on this accurate assessment.

Now I am reminded of Matthew 7:3-5, “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?  You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

Some translations call the “plank” a beam or a log.  But whatever it is called, the meaning is the same and it is not lost on me.  I am playing pickleball with less than perfect vision and I am living my life with less than perfect vision as well.  I view my current circumstances from my limited, earthly perspective because I do not have my Heavenly Father’s unlimited, eternal perspective from which to view them.  I view those around me from an outward perspective rather than as 1 Samuel 16:7 tells me God sees them.  “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

My co-workers, friends, family have nothing to worry about.  I will never see any specks that might or might not be in their eyes because I will never be “plank free” in my own eyes.  I do however want to learn to see them as God sees them, His cherished children, created in His image.  I want to learn to see with my heart.  (It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. Antoine de Saint Exupery)

I want my heart to see clearly and in so doing to see the hearts of others, not just their outward appearance.  My physical vision will get worse with age.  But that doesn’t have to be the case for my faith’s vision.  The eyes of my God given faith can get clearer and clearer the longer and the closer I walk in the ways of my Heavenly Father.   So even as the one grows cloudy the other grows more clear.

“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in Your law.”  (Psalm 119:18)

“Once more Jesus put His hands on the man’s eyes.  Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.”  (Mark 8:25)

“The Lord gives sight to the blind,”  (Psalm 146:8)

Lord, give me eyes of faith, to see what You would show me and to follow where You would lead me.    amen

sincerely,      Grace Day





the beauty of a broken branch

I am broken.  Sometimes I’m more aware of it than at other times, but I am broken nonetheless.  There was the time I broke my foot, the time I broke my wrist and was in a cast for what seemed such a long time.  Those injuries along with lots of others have healed over time although there is always the possibility of new injuries taking their place.  But living with broken bones is a piece of cake compared to living with a broken heart.

I wish I could protect my heart but I haven’t figured out how yet.  Even hard hearts shatter, breaking into a million pieces.  Only a loving Heavenly Father can restore such a heart.  But living in this broken, sinful world, it seems a broken heart is unavoidable.  So I am living my life with a broken heart.  Broken dreams, broken relationships, brokenness over my own sin and broken by the sin of others, I am walking wounded in this world.  Broken over love lost, broken by injustice, cruelty and the suffering that surrounds, broken by careless words and by my own inability to heal another’s pain; these  all ensure a constant state of brokenness from which I must live this life.

Jesus said it is the sick who need a doctor, sinners who need a Savior and that’s why He came (Mark 2:17).  Jesus came to enter into our brokenness and restore us, not so much physically, although He often did that, but to restore us spiritually. When I realize again just how broken I am, I don’t feel very beautiful or very valuable or very useful.  Then I have to learn all over again that it is precisely my brokenness that allows me to be used by Jesus for His purposes.

Our culture doesn’t value brokenness, but Jesus does.  “But He (the Lord) said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’ ” (2 Corinthians 12:9)  This means He can use me in my broken state, which is a good thing because that seems to be the only state I know and live in.

2 Corinthians 4:7 reminds me that ” . . . we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not  from us.”  (me)  This “treasure” of God’s Holy Spirit living in me (I am the jar of clay or the earthen vessel) is both light and life to me.  If I am broken His light can shine out through all my cracks and holes to reveal His love to others.

It’s like the battle Gideon and his men fought with only trumpets and clay jars with torches in them.  When the jars were broken, the light contained and hidden in each jar was suddenly revealed and God’s purposes for that battle were accomplished.  The usefulness of the jars was in their brokenness, not in their strength or in their wholeness.

Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches.  . . . apart from Me you can do nothing.”  (John 15:5)  But Jesus says if we remain in Him, He can use us, we will bear much fruit.  He also says, “On that day you will realize that I am in My Father, and you are in Me, and I am in you.”  (John 14:20)  Connection – that’s the key. Even as a broken branch, as long as I remain attached to the Vine, His light and life will flow through me, no matter how battered, how bruised or how broken I am.   That’s the beauty of a broken branch – Christ in me, my hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27)

If my heart holds God’s Holy Spirit, then my broken heart is necessary to let His light shine out through all the broken pieces that my Redeemer will one day put back together for good.  But for now broken is better.  Broken is beautiful.  Broken is what lets the light out instead of holding it in where no one can see it and benefit from it.  The beauty of a broken branch is that it can be used by God.

“Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why , for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.”  (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

sincerely,          Grace Day






a God who leaves no doubt – con’t

I continue to be reminded that God leaves no doubt.  He left no doubt in His dealings with mankind in the past and He continues to leave no doubt today.  Two such instances I recently recounted in past posts, “while the world watched” (about the boys’ soccer team rescue from the cave) and “full circle-a glimpse beyond the glass” (which tells the story of a jacket’s travels orchestrated by God).

The common denominator in all the stories is God.  God eliminates all other possible explanations, leaving no doubt that it is His will prevailing and His power bringing the events to pass necessary to the accomplishing of His perfect will. “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”  (Proverbs 19:21)

God left no doubt that it was He who gave Abraham and Sarah their son, Isaac. What was remarkable about Isaac’s birth?  Pretty much everything!  Abraham and his wife, Sarah, though married for years, had no children.  Very unusual for that time and in that culture.  But Sarah was barren, unable to conceive and bear a child, a cause for shame and sorrow that she had lived with all her married years.  But now God was telling Abraham that he would be the father of a great nation, with descendants too numerous to count?  This couldn’t have made any sense to the childless Abraham.

But — “Abram (name hadn’t been changed yet) believed the Lord, and He credited it to him as righteousness.”  (Genesis 15:6)  Abraham believed God when God said to him, ” . . . a son coming from your own body will be your heir.   . . . Look up at the heavens and count the stars — if indeed you can count them.  . . . So shall your offspring be.”  (Genesis 15:4-5)  Now Genesis 18:11 tells us, “Abraham and Sarah were already old and well advanced in years, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing.”

In order for this promise to come true, Sarah, both barren and beyond her childbearing years, would have to conceive and bear a son.   It would require a miracle of God.  There was no other possible way this could happen.  Sure enough, Genesis 21:1-2 tells us, ” . . . and the Lord did for Sarah what He had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him.”  Abraham was one hundred years old when Isaac was born and Sarah was ninety.  God left no doubt that Isaac, was the child of His promise to Abraham, the fulfillment of His covenant.

No less miraculous is the story of what happened to Daniel’s three friends when they were tried for treason by the king of Babylon and found guilty.  Their act of treason was refusing to bow down to and to worship an image of gold that the king had made.  Their punishment?  “But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace.  Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?”  (Daniel 3:15)  Well, the king was about to find out.

“He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual . . . The king’s command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers  who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace.”  (Daniel 3:19-23)  But when the king saw the three of them walking around in the fire unbound and unharmed, and a fourth figure like a son of the gods walking with them, he ordered them to come out.

“So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, and . . .  They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.”  (Daniel 3:26-27) I smell like wood smoke if I just roast marshmallows around a campfire and my clothes smell like smoke as well.  And I am just near the fire, not in it!  But these three men didn’t just barely escape with their lives — no they emerged from the furnace better off than they were when they entered into it.  They entered in firmly bound and they emerged fully free.  God does, “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us,”  (Ephesians 3:20)

Yes, God left no doubt who delivered these three faithful men.  (a furnace seven times hotter than normal and the king’s own soldiers killed by its’ flames) And the king got the message.  “Then Nebuchadnezzar said, ‘Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent His angel and rescued His servants!  . . .  for no other god can save in this way.’ ”  (Daniel 3:28-29)

David killing Goliath did not seem likely to happen given the circumstances; and yet it did happen.  Goliath was a Philistine champion over nine feet tall.  “He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels, (about 125 pounds) on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back.”  (1 Samuel 17:5-6)  There’s more, but you get the idea — this guy was one invincible, bad dude.

David on the other hand, was a young shepherd boy.  He was the youngest of Jesse’s eight sons, not old enough to join his brothers in Israel’s army and fight against the Philistines.  One day he was delivering grain, bread and cheese to his brothers at the battle front.  He heard how Goliath defied the armies of the living God and how they all were afraid to fight him.  So David determined to fight him. David declined to wear King Saul’s armor but “he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.”  (1 Samuel 17:40)

A small, unarmed shepherd boy against a large, fully outfitted for battle, trained fighting man?  We know what outcome we should reasonably expect.  BUT GOD . . . had other plans.  “David said to the Philistine, ‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.  . . . So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.”  (1 Samuel 17:45,50)  God left no doubt.

God left no doubt that the battle was His and it was His purpose that prevailed. God was at work in the world then just as He is at work in the world today.  But, ” ‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,’  declares the Lord.”  (Isaiah 55:8)  God does things in His own way and in His perfect timing. As we have seen from these stories, God often uses the unlikely, the least likely, the unliked or the overlooked to accomplish His purposes. And His purposes are always good.

When we face overwhelming situations and circumstances, dear readers, we need not lose heart.  “Jesus replied, ‘What is impossible with men is possible with God.’ ” (Luke 18:27)  We need to remember that.  With God, babies get born to barren women, battles are won against impossible odds, walls tumble down, waters part, hungry people get fed, fire doesn’t burn (the bush or the people), sick people get well, the lame walk, the blind see, the prisoners are set free, sins are forgiven, the temple curtain is torn in two and the dead are brought back to life!   Our God is the God of the impossible and He leaves no doubt!

“Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: ‘I am the Lord, the God of all mankind.  Is anything too hard for Me?’ ”  (Jeremiah 32:26-27)

“Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men.”  (Psalm 107:21)

sincerely,        Grace Day






minimizing my mountains

my mountain turned into a molehill today

all because . . .

a friend showed up and walked my way

mercy was the miracle that shrunk my mountain’s size

when all I had was a mustard seed — a miracle before my eyes

I turn molehills into mountains but faith moves mountains into the sea

yes, my mustard seed of faith moves both mountain and mulberry tree!

“If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.”  (Luke 17:6)

” . . . if you have faith and do not doubt, . . .  you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.”  (Matthew 21:21)

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”  (Galatians 6:2)

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up.  But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!”  (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”  (Proverbs 17:17)

a quote from Sirach says, “a faithful friend is a sturdy shelter, whoever finds one finds a treasure.”

friends are one of God’s good gifts, one of His best gifts to us ever

sincerely,  Grace Day

a mission of mercy amid the mundane

in a previous post I stated that “kind words are duct tape for the soul.”   well, there is no shortage of holey souls in need of binding up, (they are better known as the “walking wounded”,  whom I wrote about in a previous post by that title) but there does seem to be a shortage of “duct tape” perhaps due to the abundance of heated, harsh, hurtful, careless rhetoric in today’s culture.  Our words are our weapons and we don’t care who we wound.

so go out there and patch some holes in some souls today.  be the duct tape as it were. this world needs more duct tape.  may this be my own personal mission of mercy to those hurting (and holey) people in my world, those that are walking wounded through this life, in desperate need of some duct tape.  let me dispense it freely, heeding not my own holes; for in healing another’s hurt, my own is quite forgotten

this, then, is my mission of mercy — kind words for souls with holes.

“Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”  (Proverbs 16:24)

“Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”  (Proverbs 12:18)

“The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.”  (Proverbs 15:4)

“The tongue has the power of life and death,”  (Proverbs 18:21)

“The lips of the righteous nourish many, . . . ”  (Proverbs 10:21)

“A man finds joy in giving an apt reply– and how good is a timely word!”

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”  (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”  (Ephesians 4:29)

sincerely,    Grace Day


if you give your car a tire

it all started the day my car’s tire light came on  . . . so

I gave my car a tire, a brand new tire (didn’t really have a choice as flat ones don’t roll well)

then my car wanted another new tire to match the first one

then she wanted and got a tire rotation

next she asked for and got an alignment

then my car’s oil light came on, so I gave her an oil change,  . . . but

while her oil light was still on, her gas light came on, so I filled her up  (she wanted the super silver premium, “gourmet gas” — she got regular; I have my limits)

then she wanted a wash to look her best (don’t know who she was trying to impress?)

then she asked for a “works wash” with tire shine added (must be wanting to show off her new tires?)

and all because I gave my car a new tire . . .

my car is most definitely “high maintenance”

moral?  never, ever, ever dear readers, give your car a new tire —  unless of course you have no choice –but then be prepared for what will follow . . .

“give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

“Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;  His love endures forever.” (Psalm 106:1)

“Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men.”  (Psalm 107:21)

Lord, thank You that I have transportation and thank You that my tire didn’t blow, but let her air out real, real slow and got me where I needed to go.

sincerely,      Grace Day



missing my mom on her birthday

Walk with me

the grass withers and the flowers fade, my time with you I would not trade.   to hear your voice and see your smile, please walk with me just one more mile.

I know you’re going to a wonderful place, filled with light and joy and grace — but I want once more your warm embrace, to look upon your familiar face.

My journey is long with many a trial, please walk with me just one more mile.

I guess I knew one day you’d rest and I’d be left to face life’s test — without my mother by my side, to cheer me on, to praise, to chide.

But before you go, for just a while — please walk with me just one more mile.

I know you must go to the place He’s preparing, still my heart will not cease caring; you will soar above the rank and file–but walk with me just one more mile

the path that once held bend after bend, has without warning shown its end; still, there’s much on the path that would beguile — please walk with me just one more mile

before you leave to take your place, walking with Jesus face to face;  then I’ll with hope filled sorrow watch you go into the arms of Him who loves you so —

to walk the painfree path above, prepared for you with Jesus’ love.  someday I’ll join you on your journey — walk with you in God’s eternity;

though now I pray that for awhile, you would walk with me just one more mile.

“In My Father’s house are many rooms;  if it were not so, I would have told you.  I am going there to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am.”  (John 14:2-3)

“For now we see through a glass darkly; then we shall see face to face.  Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” (1Cor. 13:12)

Happy Birthday,  mom

sincerely,         Grace Day


a God who leaves no doubt

In the movie, “Remember the Titans”, the football coach tells his players to “leave no doubt” as he sends them out onto the field to face their opponent.  I’ve always liked that sentiment, maybe because I love a God who leaves no doubt.  Let me explain.

I’m studying Gideon right now.  Gideon is one of those Old Testament bible people with a really interesting story.  God asks Gideon to fight the Midianites.  They were an enemy of Israel who had been oppressing them for seven years.   But then, in preparation for his upcoming battle, God asks Gideon to do something that makes no sense whatsoever.  At least no sense humanly speaking.  God asks Gideon to send home all but three hundred of his thirty-two thousand fighting men.  The reason?  ” . . . In order that Israel may not boast against Me (God) that her own strength has saved her,”  (Judges 7:2)

Yes, you read that right.  God desired to leave no doubt that He would be the One responsible for giving Israel the victory over her enemies.  God was going to deliver Gideon and his soldiers and all Israel from Midian.  But it would be God’s strength, not Israel’s, which would save them and give them the victory over their enemies.

God desired to leave no doubt.  And with the odds now 450:1 against Israel, their victory against the much larger Midianite army would truly be a miracle of God. Gideon and his men could not reasonably take credit for any victory.  This is not an isolated incident however.  Time and again God leaves no doubt that He is the One who is sovereignly watching over the affairs of men.  “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”  (Proverbs 19:21)

This has been so from the beginning.  God leaves no doubt.  “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — His eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”  (Romans 1:20)  Yet still we find reasons to doubt God.

There are myriad instances in which God leaves no doubt throughout history. Consider what happened when Elijah, God’s only prophet left at the time, went up against four-hundred and fifty of Baal’s prophets.  Already outnumbered, what happened next truly would not have been predicted using human reasoning. They each prepared a bull to sacrifice to their respective gods, each sacrifice on an altar with wood, but they were not to light a fire.  That would be the job of the deity that was prayed to, to accept the sacrifice by sending fire to burn it up.

This took place with all of Israel assembled as witnesses.  The prophets of Baal went first, calling on the name of Baal all day long, shouting, dancing around the altar they had made, even cutting themselves; but all to no avail.  There was no response from their god, their sacrifice remained untouched and it was now evening.

Then Elijah took his turn.  First he asked the people to pour four large jars of water on his offering, the wood and the altar.  He then had water poured on everything two more times, resulting in water running down and filling the trench he had ordered dug around the altar.  Elijah prayed, “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that You are God in Israel and that I am Your servant and have done all these things at Your command.”

I Kings 18:38-39 tells us what happened next; “Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.  When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, ‘The Lord — He is God!  The Lord — He is God!’ ”  God left no doubt.  His holy fire consumed Elijah’s water soaked sacrifice in seconds, as He revealed Himself yet again to Israel, giving them a glimpse of His power and presence.

God left no doubt when He raised Lazarus from the dead as well.  The story is a familiar one but the details are often overlooked.  John 11:17 tells us “On His arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.”  No room for doubt there — Lazarus was not only dead but had been buried.  Many people had come there to comfort his sisters, so there were plenty of witnesses to what happened next.  Jesus ordered the stone moved away from the tomb’s entrance, prayed and then commanded, “Lazarus, come out!”  Lazarus walked out of his tomb, still wrapped in his grave clothes.

Why did Jesus wait two days after hearing of Lazarus’ illness, before beginning His journey to Bethany?   To leave no doubt.  By the time Jesus arrived, there was no doubt that Lazarus was dead and after Jesus called him out of his tomb, there was no doubt that Lazarus was now alive again.  All those who had come to mourn his death could now celebrate his return to life.  God leaves no doubt.

God left no doubt when He parted the Red Sea for the Israelites, He left no doubt when He provided manna every morning and water in the desert.  God left no doubt when He demolished Jericho’s walls.  He told the Israelites to march around those walls and blow trumpets.  Doesn’t seem like the best plan for knocking down high, thick walls; but God leaves no doubt as to who is doing the heavy lifting!

God specializes in the impossible so as to leave no doubt.  When Jesus and His disciples needed to feed a multitude of five thousand plus people with just five small barley loaves and two small fish, it was clear that the need far exceeded the available resources.  There was no humanly possible way to feed all those people. Not even close!  BUT  “Jesus replied, ‘What is impossible with men is possible with God.'” (Luke 18:27)

So Jesus blessed the loaves and the fish and had the food distributed to all the hungry people there.  And just to be sure to leave no doubt, John 6:12-13 tells us, “When they had all had enough to eat, He (Jesus) said to His disciples, ‘Gather the pieces that are left’ . . . So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces  . . . left over by those who had eaten.”  Did you catch that?  “they had all had enough to eat.”  Not just a snack or a little something to tide them all over until they could have a proper meal and eat their fill.  No, the large crowd of people ate until they were satisfied and still there was food left over.   From an impossible lack of food to an overabundance of provision; God once again leaves no doubt.

So why do we continue to doubt the God who leaves no doubt?  The God who does “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us,”  (Ephesians 3:20)  The God who reveals Himself from sunrise to sunset, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.”  (Psalm 19:1)

Do we doubt God’s love for us?  “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”  (John 15:13)  “He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all — how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?”  (Romans 8:32)

God left no doubt of His love for you and for me at the cross.  God leaves no doubt of His plan for you and for me at Jesus’ empty tomb.  The Creator of the universe is a God who leaves no doubt.

“Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”  (Mark 9:24)

sincerely,           Grace Day