"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

8/2/10

Even the Tough Stuff: Monday Manna

The purpose of Monday Manna is to get together and get to know Christ more through His Word.


On the first and third (note - this month the first and FOURTH) Mondays of each month, anyone who wants to participate can post their thoughts on a specific verse--posted here at my blog on the Thursday before, to allow you to chew on it over the weekend. It doesn't have to be long -- just a few thoughts, a picture you feel helps express it, a poem, a short story, a devotional. Just post it on your blog on Mondayish (early OR late is fine, by the way!), then come back here and link up in the Linky Tools gadget that will be at the bottom of MY post at o'dark thirty that morning.

This week's verse spoke to me when I read it - a lot. And, as is God's way, even more as I thought it through over the weekend.
Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only does wondrous things! Psalm 72:18 NKJ
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Mine are below.

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When I look outside and see the beauty of God's creation, I often pause in wonder. When I think about the incredible family the Lord has provided for me, I am again full of wonder. And, when I think of the amazing gifts He has given me, I am blown away by how wondrous they are - and He is.

But those are not the only times I should be moved by the wonder of my Lord.

Look at this verse. Closely. The Lord only does wondrous things. Nothing God does is ordinary. Everything about Him is full of wonder. We should be in awe about everything our Lord does- whether it benefits us or not, because it is awesome, and wondrous, and part of His plan.

It's hard to think of, say, a brain tumor, a rejection slip, a death, a natural disaster, or a prodigal as a reason to bless the Lord. But that's exactly what this verse in psalms is asking us to do. Even the tough stuff is wondrous, because, if we look at it through God's eyes, we will know that He will make it all work out in His good, perfect, eternal plan.

And if that isn't wonderful, I don't know what is.

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Thanks for reading. Be sure to share your own thoughts and link up, and read the thoughts of others!



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5 comments:

  1. Joanne, enjoyed reading your thoughts. Saturday I was thinking on this verse you shared on and I pondered about the "only does wondrous things". Although I know His Word is true, my mind couldn't wrap around how some of the rough stuff of life could be called wondrous.

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  2. What a glorious truth tucked inside a short little verse. Everything God does is wondrous. Loved your thoughts on this, and definitely something I need to be meditating on this week.

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  3. Great verse...sometimes hard to remember when we're in the midst of a storm.

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  4. It never ceases to amaze me how even in my darkest nights, He is there, comforting and encouraging. I remember a day I felt despair trying to overtake me. I said, "Lord, I need encouragement from You." (It was a Sunday morning). A song's verse rose up in my mind, bringing a smile to my lips.

    BUT then I went to church. To my great joy and amazement, the worship leader began the service with THAT VERY SONG.

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  5. knowing it will work is pretty amazing

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