I went for a jog on the beach this morning. While my lungs filled with fresh ocean air, God filled my spirit with fresh mercy and joy.
Joy is an interesting thing. It's very different from happiness. Happiness comes and goes depending on external circumstances in life. Sure, I'm dealing with some heavy stuff. Really heavy stuff. It's all good though because I know the source of joy that satisfies my soul regardless of emotion.
"He alone spreads out the heavens, and treads on the waves of the sea." –Job 38:11
"You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, You still them." –Psalm 89:9
"But I am the Lord your God, who divided the sea whose waves roared – the Lord of hosts is His name." -Isaiah 51:15
Ohhh, how this warms my heart. The same God that shapes and controls the waves of the oceans holds my life in his hands. I've got nothing to worry about. He loves me so deeply. The same God that spreads out the heavens opens his arms in a welcoming embrace for me. I don't deserve it. I can't earn it. I can't even explain it. I just accept it with a smile on my face. The only thing I can do is respond by loving him with everything I've got. I'm all in. Why don't you tell your savior the same thing. Love him today with reckless abandon. Let his waves of mercy wash over whatever is bugging you at the moment. Just love him. Push all of your poker chips to the center of the table. Lets be ALL IN today.