My parents have a beautiful home. It's warm and cozy and the perfect spot for our family to hang out each week at family dinners. However, at Christmas, their house transforms from beautiful to magical. The entire downstairs is decorated with twinkling lights, Christmas tress, snowmen... every room has a special Christmas touch. And tonight... the final Christmas touches were completed because we decorated the Christmas tree together. It was so fun to watch the kiddos put ornaments on the tree. Their tree is a little bottom heavy, which isn't too surprising when you have two seven year olds and two three year olds on the job. I suspect some rearranging might take place now that the grandchildren are gone. And there were a few ornament causalities, but the end result was a beautiful tree filled with memories of Christmases past... even back to the 1980s! It's amazing how ornaments transform an ordinary tree into something extraordinary.
Have you ever had something ordinary turn into something extraordinary like the Christmas tree transformation? My friend experienced this today. An ordinary sickness, which typically brings a diagnosis followed by instructions on how to get better and maybe a prescription or two was transformed into extraordinary by receiving unsuspected news that was jaw dropping. The news was jaw dropping because she experienced God doing immeasurably more in her life right there on the spot. And she immediately started putting this week's memory verse into practice: Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:19-20
The immeasurably more of God can come in all different packages. Sometimes it's beautifully wrapped like a present under the Christmas tree... I experienced this on Day 17 when He provided a solution to my tough situation that was completely a surprise. Other times, His immeasurably more can come disguised as something ugly or unwanted... something you initially want to avoid at all costs. Yet by persevering, trusting and giving thanks for everything, over time, He can reveal the immeasurably more and it just blows your mind.
Open our eyes, Lord, to the immeasurably more that you are doing in each of our lives... and let it transform our vision from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Let us give thanks to you and tell of all Your wonderful acts. Psalm 105:1-2
Tonight I am thankful for...
1. God's miracles and truly doing immeasurably more
2. The power of praying scripture
3. A much needed afternoon out with a dear friend
4. Sunshine bursting through the clouds
5. Lights that allow us to see at night
6. Hearing my son sing to the radio in the car
7. Pizza, decorating the Christmas tree, and Arthur's Christmas at my parent's house
8. Encouraging words received in different forms... all in one day!
Here's to 10,000 reasons... Only 7,639 to go...