Mindful of God’s Love

13 Feb

Four-year-old Mitch loved candy almost as much as his mom, Ann, did. He and Daddy had Box-ValentineChocolatesgiven her a beautiful heart-shaped box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day.

A few days later Mitch was eyeing it, wishing to have a piece of it. As he reached out to touch one of the big pieces, Ann said to him, “If you touch it, then you have to eat it. Do you understand?”

“Oh, yes,” he said, nodding his head. Suddenly his little hand patted the tops of all the pieces of candy.

“Now I can eat them all.” *

I (Dawn) love chocolate ~ especially dark, creamy chocolate over nuts.

“Passionate” is a word that is a little over-used these days. People are passionate about everything. So let me use some other words to describe my enthusiasm for chocolate.  I am an ardent fan … sometimes a little emotional … biting into its smoothness with heartfelt desire … … enthralled by its scent … intrigued by its texture … stimulated by …

Oh, forget it. I am passionate about chocolate!

My husband, Bob, knows this passion, but on Valentine’s Day, he insists on buying me flowers.

He knows that too much chocolate indulgence leads to too much hanging over my belt. And so, year after year, my hubby knows what I “need” ~ cheerful flowers on my kitchen counter to enjoy ~ and ignores what I want, because he knows I’ll eat the whole box! He knows me. And he loves me and cares .

So like God.

God knows what I need, and while ~ being the good Father that He is ~ He wants to give me good gifts, God  wants what is best for me, even when I don’t. Maybe I don’t even know what the “best” is, at times.

He knows when I’m praying for something that might harm me. He knows when I’ve made choices that created distance between us, and He orchestrates my life to draw me back to His heart.

He knows the plans He has designed for me, and they are with purpose (Jeremiah 29:11). He knows the good gifts He wants to give me (James 1:17). He knows the ultimate goal for my life (Christlikeness, 2 Corinthians 3:18), and what it will take to get me to that goal. He knows what will bring me true joy, and most of the time, that has nothing to do with what I have (even a good chunk of chocolate).

The point is, God knows. Sometimes, I don’t. But I can trust Him (Proverbs 3:5-6), because He knows.

God’s thoughts and ways are sometimes so foreign to me (Isaiah 55:8), so I must draw near to listen for His voice in the Word and through prayer. The great preacher, Charles H. Spurgeon, once wrote, “The thoughts of God are not man’s, but man should have the thoughts of God.” **

I have to admit that there are many times that I don’t even consider God ~ like when faced with a box of chocolates; but I want to have the thoughts of God, don’t you? I want to know His heart. In fact, that is a major  goal in my life ~ making Choices with God’s Heart in Mind. When we are constantly mindful of God’s unfailing love (Psalm 26:3), that’s more likely to happen. It changes our prayers and our choices.

“Lord, may I have a piece of chocolate?

Thank you. Yum!

* http://www.basicjokes.com/djoke.php?id=1127

** http://www.lantanagrace.org/articles/mythoughts.html

 

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