The time of year most Minnesotans look forward to (that is if you are normal by my terms). And even more, we look forward to that special season when we can cook our food in a way that gives it that special flavor no other cooking method can….grilling season!
Today was the start of that season in our household, at least that’s what I decided. Since the temperature reached the 70s (FINALLY!!!!), I couldn’t wait any longer. I just had to make a set of burgers and brats for my husband and I, all while enjoying the warmest day of the year so far. What a deal!
Some things in life are just like my first grilling day of each year: we look forward to them. They are things that brighten the day or week. Little glimmers of excitement in the gray matter of the week.
Similarily, the Lord looks for those little glimmers of excitement among the life He has created…His people. There are actions we take and decisions we make that do not please Him, and the. There are those that do please Him.
“He delights not in the strength of the horse: He takes not pleasure in the legs of man. The Lord takes pleasure in them that fear Him, in those that hope in His mercy.” -Psalm 147:10-11
You see, even through all the dim situations sin has caused in this world, the Lord sees glimmers of hope and receives pleasure and honor by those who look to Him in daily. Those who choose to fear and respect Him and His power, glory and mercy.
So as you stand at your grill flipping burgers and steaks this spring (or whatever it is you might do that brings you Spring excitement) remember that there is value in who you choose to revel and how you live your life out.
I leave you with this: be faithful, fearful, gracious and seek to serve The Lord with a joyfully loving heart. Enjoy the moments you are given to do so, they are a gift from Jesus Himself.
“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised. Therefore there was born even of one man, and him as good as dead at that, as many descendants as the stars of heaven in number, and innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore. All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.” -Hebrews 11:6-13