I had never turned down this street close to where I live before this week. It was a wonderland - the colors were so rich. This was the day before the steady rain and wind that brought the leaves down. Today they carpet the walkway like a slip and slide.
Therefore we do not give up. Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 HCSB
I will instruct you and teach you
in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye. Psalm 32:8
When my son Caleb was alive, we made regular visits to his heart doctor's office. At age 3, Caleb's only words were Dada, uh-oh, and 'darsh', which meant "rewind that cassette tape ASAP!" The doctor would be amazed at how I knew what Caleb wanted by looking at his eyes. He would say, "You two are so in tune!" Caleb rarely had to cry for attention, because I could anticipate his needs.
I was thinking about this promise from the Psalms:
The Lord says: I will guide you with My eye.
Lord Jesus, thank you for guiding us with Your eye. I pray that I will pay attention those things that are dear to Your heart.
We are made in the image of a beautiful God, but our culture makes us feel "less than" if we don't fit a certain mold. Most of us obsess over "store-bought" beauty because we feel unsettled as we compare ourselves with others.
Mike Bickle wrote: "The glorious news is that the beauty of God is not just something He possesses—it is something He imparts through redemption to his bride."
David prayed that God would "beautify the humble with salvation" (Psalm 149:4). The Message phrases it this way: "Because God delights in his people, Hefestoons plain folk with salvation garlands!"
Thank you, Lord, that when we come knocking at your gate, at the end of ourselves, you not only receive us, but you honor us with beautiful garments of praise.