Beautiful.

I’ve been having some beautiful thoughts lately. And no, I haven’t just been looking up pictures of the Hemsworth brothers. Although now I am, and my are these some beautiful thoughts I’m having. I mean… wow. What a gene pool.

But seriously. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Grace and redemption. And the only thing that keeps coming to my mind is: I serve a beautiful God. I serve a God who is more artistic, creative, and poetic than all the artists and writers that have ever existed. I serve a God who has expertly woven the strands of individual lives together to create one giant portrait of His love. I serve a God who is infinitely faithful, infinitely gracious, and infinitely good. I serve a God who has chosen to direct my steps to bring me to where I am today, even though I deserve nothing.

I love the part in Romans 8 where Paul says this:

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 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? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

It’s easy to say”God is good” off-handedly. In fact, many churches practice saying it ritually, as a congregation. Now don’t misunderstand me, I think that’s great. A constant reminder that God is, in fact, good. But I have come to realize that one can only understand minuscule portions of that goodness. God has taken the trash of our lives, and molded it into something beautiful and wonderful. God has taken my trash, and turned it around to bless me with it. God took all of my arrogance, pride, and shame, and made it into something that reads like poetry. And what’s more? He specifically chose me to be blessed and highly favored. Even though He knew all along how I would treat him. And that is beautiful, true love.

I am deeply and irreversibly in love with this God who gives me more than I could ever deserve. And I am humbled and in awe of the God that has protected me from everything I really do deserve. I guess you could just say I’m overwhelmed by Him these days. And I hope that never changes.

That is all.

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