A contribution to Rachel Olsen’s Devotion Carnival: Simple pleasures.
This morning I am grateful for the breath in my lungs and the beat of my heart. Over the weekend my husband drove a friend over 600kms to identify the body of his wife and baby – 2 of 22 who died in a horrible road accident in the early hours of Saturday morning. Life is so wonderful, but so fragile. Death is unnatural and so unpredictable. So this morning I am grateful for life and for a new day.
The simple pleasures in life are the ordinary everyday things: the ability to enjoy a cup of tea in the morning with a spouse, gratitude for food in the fridge, electricity in the metre and a TV that works (even if it occasionally explodes – but that’s for another post). How often do I miss out on the pleasure of ordinary life because I am seeking the spectacular and exciting? I live in one of the beautiful places in the world but often I rush out to work and forget to look around me. I purposely took photos yesterday so I can post them today to testify to God’s wonderful creation.
Too often we seek the extraordinary things in life whilst failing to see and enjoy God’s hand in the extra ordinary. God is not just in the miracles and healings; his sustaining hand is in the breath in our lungs, the fact that gravity is working today and that the sun rose:
Colossians 1:16-17 For by him (Jesus) all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
Not only is God the creator but He is the one who holds everything together and keeps it going.
Psalms 74:16-17 The day is yours, and yours also the night; you established the sun and moon. 17 It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter.
Today I am taking pleasure in the mundane ordinariness of this extra ordinary day and choosing to notice the finger prints of my Heavenly Father throughout the whole day.