Friday, September 9, 2016

Not Missing Anything

“No doubt about it! God is good—good to good people, good to the good-hearted. But I nearly missed it, missed seeing his goodness.”  --Psalm 73:1-2 (The Message)

Lexi is ever-vigilant. She perks up at every sound, frequently scans the distance, lifts her nose into every waft of breeze, and—of course—sniffs everything. Still she’s always worried that she missed something. She circles lampposts twice, she goes back to re-examine bushes we’ve passed, she stares after passersby until they’re long out of sight. She wants to make sure she’s seen, smelled, and heard everything. She isn’t simply worried about potential threats. She wants to savor tantalizing smells, greet friendly people, and maybe find something good to eat, too. We should be so vigilant when we walk in faith. Not only should we be alert to danger (1 Peter 5:8), but we should also be on the lookout for God’s blessings. We can miss seeing his goodness if we’re not paying attention—not because his blessings are hard to see but because we’re blinded by our worries, our fear, our grief, or our greed. We have to perk up, look around, lift our faces. God is good; his blessings are all around us. We don’t want to miss anything. We want to make sure we see, smell, hear, and taste everything.

Dear God, Don’t let me miss seeing your goodness. Amen

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