Something has shifted, and I’m loving it. I am feeling so much more delight and just excitement about life. I think it started with the following quote from a blog by Graham Cooke,
“God’s heart is just so full of pleasure and joy; He’s the happiest person I know. He has the sunniest disposition of anybody I’ve ever met. God is incredible in His joy, in His pleasure, in His delights, and He delights in us…
God invites, ‘How about you delighting in me? Because if you learn to delight in me, it’ll just open up this whole new space to you.”
Truly, I was jealous of his relationship with God. To know and hear God’s delight? To live like that? What would that be like?
I love the idea of delight, and especially that God delights in me! Don’t you? Scriptures like Zephaniah 3:17 have amazed me, “…I will delight over you with singing.”
Really? I’ve had trouble taking it in…You delight in me? But why? And to hear it? To hear God saying it to me? But I did! He said “Because you’re my kid.” I get that.
You do have to believe you can hear Him, and it does take practice to believe what comes into your mind is Him and not discount it as you making it up.
Then this morning my devotional was about correcting a starved imagination. I loved that too, because I love seeing God in sunrises and sunsets, changing seasons and nature, period–the way sun looks in leaves, flowers, clouds. Did you know God loves us to see Him in nature?
Chambers said, “Learn to associate ideas worthy of God with all that happens in nature…and your affection for God will increase tenfold; your imagination will not be starved any longer, but will be quick and enthusiastic, and your hope will be inexpressibly bright.”
I loved that.
It might help that I’ve been trying not to be critical too. I can’t say I’ve been successful. I haven’t yet made 14 days without saying anything critical. After a month of starting over, I quit noticing because it was so discouraging and making me critical of myself and I didn’t need more of that! It did make me more aware of just how critical I am! And I want to be a person who spreads delight not criticism.
Imagine living in God’s continual delight!