This morning Diane and I were getting ready for our day. We were joking around as I was getting ready to go out the door. Sometimes she acts like she does not want me to go (while other times I think she does). This morning I told her if she had to choose between having me around or having coffee she would choose coffee. She said I was a “given”. When someone is a “given”, you do take them for granted. We have been married for nearly 32 years, I know what she means. She does not mean it in a bad way. She just knows I am always around or always a phone call or text away. And we know we are in this journey of life together.
This train of thought reminds me of the Scripture from Ruth 1:16: But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.“
As you go about your day today, I hope you will pause for a moment and consider God as more than a given. His promise for His children is to be with them always – to go through this life together. He never sees you as a given. He sees you as fearfully and wonderfully made.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well. ~ Psalm 139:14
Pause and rejoice for a moment, basking in His love. Like Diane’s coffee will help her deal with me and the world today, seeing yourself in God’s eyes for a moment might help you deal with things that come up in your life today. He will be a given today, but not in a bad way.