It occurred to me the other day that i don't think i could ever really wrap my mind around how much God loves me.
For God so loved the world,that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.—John 3:16
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.—Romans 8:37-39
Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.—Psalm 63:3
These scriptures verses are just a few of the verses in the Bible that describes God's love for us. i read them and i sit here in awe that a God so big, powerful, and full of grace loves me more than i could imagine. But, then i think about how i am completely surrounded by His love every minute of every day—not just the love He fills my heart with, but the physical presence of His love. His love for me is shown in:
His Word • the sun rising • a warm shower • clothes on my back and shoes on my feet • food on the table • transportation • a job to provide for myself • a loving family • best friends • a sturdy home • good health • a warm, comfortable bed at night • time to play and relax • beautiful flowers to smell • hearing the birds sing His praises • the feeling of raindrops on the skin • His power in the thunder and wind • the beauty of a friend who radiates His joy • a friend who listens • dogs who greet me at the door with wagging tails • a rainbow after the storm ••••••••••••
It would be easy to continue this list on and on and on. The truth is that God shows His love towards us in every direction we look. We can't look at something at not see His love, unless we choose not to. His love is in the simplest of things and the most complex of things, but we cannot avoid it. It is everywhere—in our needs and desires—and it is beautiful.
Even in our darkest of days, when we may not feel His love, we can easily be reminded that He loves us by taking a look at our surroundings—there is always something good to be found—look closely and choose to see that Love is near.
Father God, forgive us for failing to see all the little ways you show your love towards us. Sometimes, when we are broken and can't see in the dark, it's easy to overlook all the ways you provide proof of your love.You provide all our needs and give us the desires of our hearts in Your perfect timing. Remind us, Lord, to take a look around daily to remind us how blessed we really are. Thank you for all the ways you show us we are loved.