Friday, July 23, 2010

Daily Light - July 23, 2010

Daily Light from the Lighthouse

"And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one,
I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written."
John 21:25

The old hymn says to "count your blessings, name them on by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done." Never has there been a more accurate statement. God's blessings on us are numerous. Most of us live each day with blessing upon blessing. We have been so blessed that let's admit it, we have become used to it. Every once in a while God does something over and above what we could have ever imagined, and we are reminded of how incredible He is to us. But, think about it for a second. God gives us all that He does, and there is not a thing that we have that we deserve.
John traveled for 3 and a half years with Jesus. He saw the most astounding of miracles. He was there at the moment that Jesus turned the water into wine. He saw them pour the water in and serve the wine to the master of the feast. I imagine that when the master of the feast proclaimed it to be the best wine he had tasted, a smile slid up John's face because he knew the truth. Surely he thought, "This is the most incredible thing that I have ever seen!" It only became more incredible from there. He personally served the bread and fish to the five thousand. Every time that he went back to Jesus to feed the next row, Jesus smiled into John's doubtful and amazed eyes as He handed him the bread. John was there the day that he saw Jesus weep as He stood at the grave of a friend. Death is irreversible, or so he thought. Even with all of the doubts and objections, Jesus still called Lazarus from his cold, stenchful tomb. John watched as Lazarus came hopping out all wrapped up in the cloth which had prepared him for burial. He knew at this point that nothing was impossible for Jesus, except for maybe His own resurrection. Of course, Jesus proved Himself to John there as well.
As John ends this last of the Gospels written, he recognizes the enormity of what he has seen. There are not enough books and not enough space to contain the power of God. That could be said about each of our lives. God's daily supply is hard to fathom. There are things that you once rejoiced in that you have completely forgotten about. You have become so acquainted with God's blessings that they are just part of the every day now. Let's be reminded of God's power and goodness in our lives. Let's count our blessings one by one and be surprised by what God has done.
May you recognize the hand of God's blessing today!

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