Thought of the Day

Hosea 6:3: “Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.”

My husband and I live in Arizona which is prone to some extreme weather patterns during Monsoon season. A few years back, a micro burst knocked down our power lines, which left us sitting in the dark. In search of light we got up and drove around the neighborhood. A few blocks away we finally spotted some light. A little family-owned restaurant was lit like a Christmas tree. There we stayed until the power in our area was back on.

We probably appreciate electricity much more when we don’t have it. In today’s interconnected world, a permanent electrical outage would be unimaginable. However, it’s equally important, if not even more so, to be plugged in on a social level – family and friends matter to all of us. Without our social connections we find ourselves completely isolated and utterly lonely.

Embracing the Lord is like reconnecting. Electricity is back on! We go back to our roots, the bedrock of our existence. We are plugged in to vibrant life, tireless love, the great I Am. This brings life to our bones, joy to our hearts, and hope for the future.

Realizing we are created is a big deal because we acknowledge that we come from somewhere and that we are a personal creation of God. We are free to ignore Him of course, but that’s similar to pulling the power plug. And without power there’s simply not much going on in our lives.

Acknowledging the Lord is seeing the big picture. We become aware of the inherent interconnection between Creator and Creation. Once aware, it’s hard not to notice. It means we belong. It means we know where we are from and where we are headed. It means we matter, and we were created for a reason. It also means we are loved – because our Creator is quite attached to us, to say the least. He comes to us like the winter rains; He softens the soil of our hearts and gives us the opportunity to thrive.