As I sit outside this morning feeling the crisp fall air, I am reminded to bask in God’s goodness. Last week like so many other weeks was hectic, and I rarely stopped to just enjoy God’s blessings.
Earlier on my jog today I noticed the stunning sun rising and a majestic brown pelican flying over the water. The air was brisk and refreshing on my run so I decided to spend my devotional time with the Lord outside. I was in awe of so many beautiful gifts God was showing me on my back porch.
I don’t know about you, but I seem to feel so much closer to God when I am in nature. Not only did I see the most gorgeous Monarch butterfly, but I also got to encounter one of God’s wondrous creatures-the hummingbird. My visual and auditory senses were on overload. I felt God was sending me little presents from heaven. I could not help but smile and say thank you Lord for allowing me to witness such pleasures.
I truly believe God wants us to enjoy what He gives us, and take the time to relish what beauty is around us.
O Lord, How manifold are your works. In wisdom you have made them all. The earth is full of your possessions. The great and wide sea, in which are innumerable teeming things, living things both small and great. Psalm 104:24-25
Creation is filled with stunning variety, revealing the rich creativity, goodness, and wisdom of a loving God.
What exactly does basking in God’s Goodness mean?
FreeDictionary.com defines basking as: To take great pleasure or satisfaction. To derive or receive pleasure from; get enjoyment from; take pleasure in.
The Bible defines God’s goodness in two ways, first God’s character and then His actions.
You are good, and you do what is good. Psalm 119:68
Jesus is the best example of God’s goodness, but He also gives us beautiful and great things to enjoy. Eating a delicious meal can be an example of God’s goodness, not only are we provided food to sustain and nourish our physical bodies, but enjoyment in a tasty and satisfying meal. God could just provide us with plain, tasteless food to eat, but He gives us spices and so many other delectable food varieties. Think about a piping-hot lasagna with fresh herbs from the garden and bubbly mozzarella on top-is that not God’s goodness?
There are so many things that can distract us, or cause us to overlook God’s goodness. If we are rushing around and busy, we may not take the time to bask in God’s wonderful pleasures. I encourage you to stop and slow down this week long enough to savor God’s magnificent wonders.
Being in-tune with God’s goodness will increase your peace, joy, and cause you to be more thankful. Every new day gives us reasons for expressing our gratitude for the goodness of God.
What ways do you see God’s goodness, and have you stopped lately to bask in His goodness?