|Posted on June 8, 2019 at 6:15 PM|
You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of Your presence and the pleasures of living with You forever.* (In Greek You have shown me the way of life, and You will fill me with the joy of Your presence.) Psalm 16:11
I walked through a market today just to get out and enjoy the cool morning weather in the morning before the sun was at its’ highest peak. I came across a beloved character I adored in my young adult years, Tigger. They had blankets, umbrellas, pillows, stuffed animals, back packs. I was asked if I still collected Tigger items I nodded and said no and it made think of the reason why.
My Father had shown me later in my walk of faith that Tigger was an idol to me. Tigger brought me joy. Just to see a Tigger item and own it and hold it in my hand filled me with such joy. I was well into my thirties at the time. I believed before knowing Christ that if I surrounded myself with Tigger if I had an abundance of Tigger items I would be filled with the joy I was missing a joy that had not been complete or filled till I sought God. The truth is my joy now comes from knowing the LORD is with me that I am no longer alone.
Not from a stuffed animal, not from a t-shirt I wore or blanket that kept me warm. Not from the necklace or the earrings I adorned. Not from the mug, the water bottle, the child size drinking glass I drank from, the key chain or my purse. My joy did not come from these things at all. My joy came from the LORD. I still have a few Tigger things like a single coffee mug, a pen I don’t use and a thimble in my jewelry box. But to glance, to look you would never know that I was once obsessed by this cartoon character.
This verse above reminds me that my Father has shown me the way of life, it is seeking Him, being obsessed about Him, the same joy I once felt for an inanimate object that had no feeling to care or even know that I exist is now the joy I receive from my Father. A field of flowers is far greater than a bouquet. The cool breeze that precedes the rain on a warm summer day feels better than the air condition in my car. A Father that can carry me through the storm, fill me with more joy than I have ever known is better than any manmade object I could ever own.
The poor, deluded fool feeds on ashes. He trusts something that can’t help him at all. Yet he cannot bring himself to ask, “Is this idol that I am holding in my hand a lie?” Isaiah 44:20