I was sitting at my desk this morning intending to write something profound as a blog post but my eyes kept gravitating towards the mountains and the breathtaking beauty of their grandeur. Its a glorious day here in Seattle so I snuck outside to pull a few weeds, water my tomato seedlings and breathe in the fragrance of the lilac bush instead.
Coming back inside my eyes were caught by Psalm 50: 23 Giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honours me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God.
As I sat here giving thanks for all God has created, it struck me that his is indeed the path of God. Giving thanks, living in gratitude for the rich and abundant blessings of God, being content to just sit and absorb what God has provided is indeed the way through which we often see the salvation of God revealed. One of the halmarks of our faith is contentment in all circumstances which only comes when we do take time to pause, reflect and be grateful. And that not surprising brought me to these words of Paul:
I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength. (Phil 4:11-13)