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Monday, July 18, 2011

Time to get my fun on…


He Treats Me to a Feast; Notes from my Abundant Life

Time to get my fun on…
Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
Nehemiah 8:10

We can choose happy.  Isn’t that a more satisfying choice than choosing unhappy? It’s Monday morning, and sun shines on me.  Yesterday’s sermon was about Soul Refreshing….from Psalms 42.  I didn’t know how much I needed refreshing.  

We’re off to Six Flags, and I may be more excited than the Little Ws.  I need a break.  I keep telling myself, my husband, anyone listening, that Grace, relief from our current trials, is just around the corner.  I’m desperately wanting to believe it…not that I don’t, I’m just getting a little weary, is all.  But today, I plan to play and laugh like that is my job.

Silly, huh, that traveling to an amusement park is a useful metaphor for seeking joy.  I have absolutely no intention of being unhappy, or not having gut-busting fun today.  Life still is, trials still come, things are not where I want them, but that is the nature of life.  We appreciate sweet because of salty; we exult in success because we have known failure.  The sun rises every day, and with it are poured out new mercies, measuring just enough for the challenges we will face.  There is enough.

So, I’m putting on my sneakers, long-walking the dog so he’ll be content while we are out, and planning to walk, run, scream, laugh, get wet, and be thankful;  …thankful that my BFF is no more ashamed to be a kid than I am; thankful she instigated this excursion.  Thankful that we can afford the indulgence (did you know the basic price for a theme park ticket is nearly $60???) and we might actually be able to eat there as well….if we share and have snacks before we land at the park….

I am thankful that God send multiple reminders that though we are imperfect, His Love for us is not.  Though we are afraid, He safely enfolds us in His arms.  Though we get more than a little confused, we are commanded, after partaking of His word and abiding in His Grace, to eat the fat, drink sweet wine, and share a portion of our blessings with any in need.  We are commanded to HAVE FUN, because the joy of the Lord is  our strength.

So, I’m off to worship at Six Flags, because that’s what I’m blessed to do.  Blessed not to be grieved, because The Almighty has my back.  What abundance.  What clear evidence that God is Good.

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