I woke up to the smiling face of my four-year-old brother saying “I love you.” I warmed up a cinnamon roll for breakfast. My siblings came over and hung out for a while. Then Tianna and I went over to clean her house. At one point while we were cleaning, I stepped outside.
The sky was blue. A bright, brilliant blue, splotched with white cloud. The ducks were swimming in the pond, cutting through the water with ease. The sun was shining, warm on my face. The air was cool – not cold, not hot, not warm. Cool. My favorite.
As I stood there, I couldn’t help but marvel at what a beautiful day it was. The air was perfectly still, quiet. Peaceful. It was the kind of day that I want to last forever. As I was about to go back inside, I was struck with a sudden thought.
What if this was for me?
It seemed a ridiculous thought, but it stopped me. What if this – all of this beauty – was for me? What if God made this day for me to enjoy? Sure, there are millions of other people in the world, but what if God decided to make this day for me specifically?
It’s a staggering thought.
Could He possibly love me so much?
Every good thing given and
every perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of lights,
with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.
God loves us so much. Perhaps I’m stating the obvious, but I believe it’s a truth that we ought to recognize more.
If you don’t feel the love of God, just look around you. It wasn’t until my eyes were opened to all that He’s done – and continues to do – for me, that I truly felt His love.
He made this world out of love. He made you out of love. He gives us air to breathe, days to live, words to speak, people to love. And most of all, He gave us His life.
If you look, you will find hundreds of gifts every day. Little things that often go unnoticed. But everything has a purpose, and I believe that many things are little “I love you” gifts from God.
Today was an incredible beautiful day. A day that God made for us to enjoy. So look up at the green mountains, breathe deep the cool air, and soak yourself in the love of God.