Just like you and everyone I know, I have obligations, chores, deadlines, and to-do lists that have not yet received the message that I have declared this December to be a month filled with delight. The post I wrote yesterday did not suddenly take care of my messy desk, nor did it give me license to take the month off. And yet...
This morning feels different. As if the day ahead holds surprises I’ve yet to discover.
As I curled up in my big white chair early this morning, a message from a friend who is hurting caught my heart and just as I was bringing her to the Father, this word came to my attention:
For You bless the godly O Lord, surrounding them with your shield of love.
And just that little word from My Father— via me— to my friend, helped.
Maybe that was my most important job for today. Maybe all the other things that will take up the rest of my day are just chores that don’t actually, really matter all that much.
Maybe that seemingly insignificant moment is being delighted upon in that unseen world where Angels sing and Witnesses watch and Jesus sits and God reigns.
And so today I delight in listening.
I delight in the uncanny concept that the One who calls Himself “the God of all comfort” can and will and does use our sufferings to “comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (2 Corinthians 1—read the whole chapter, it dripping with riches)
And He doesn't wait until we do suffering heroically, nor does He hesitate to use our messiness in the midst of real life hurts. He uses us in spite of ourselves as if to say to the whole watching world:
See? This one is Mine and I crown her with My glory because of love.
Have you seen or heard something delight-filled today? Will you sketch a picture with your words so we can see it too?
I’ll be watching the comments all day and checking on Instagram for the hashtag #adelightfilleddecember.