12 "Yet even now," declares the LORD, "return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
13 and rend your hearts and not your garments." Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster. - Joel 2:12-13
God created this great big beautiful world, with all its treasures of breathtaking mountains, roaring oceans, warm sandy beaches, peaceful forests, every painted sky and every starry night. He did it all. He created life and the miracle of birth and every incredibly unique person that has ever walked this earth. He breathed life into all of creation, from the fierce lion to the graceful eagle, from the bumble bee to the algae that lives on the surface of the water. All of the amazing, awe-inspiring things that catch your breath, from the birth of your child to your dream vacation spot, He did it all. All of it reveals His nature and should point us back to Him.
The problem is we get so wrapped up in the creation, that we forget to give glory to the creator. All those wondrous displays of His creation were never meant to satisfy our hearts. They were only meant to point us to Him. His creation was never meant to bring us contentment, or peace, or meaning or purpose. No, it was only ever meant to point us to the only One who has the power to satisfy. Only He can give us the life and the rest that our heart desires. We will only ever truly be satisfied when we turn to Him.
But how often the things of this created world take us away from Him? How often has our desire for something in this created world been so strong that we choose to chase after the creation instead of the Creator. We chase after our kids, our retirement, our house, our vacation, all trying to find happiness. There is only One place we need to look for peace.
Here is an open invitation to return to Him with our whole heart. Lay down those created things we hold on to so dearly, and pick up the One who created it all.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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