Coming out of sleep this morning, before I even opened my eyes, a negative thought came to my mind, then a bad feeling. Immediately I held my mind from any continued thinking and I remembered the Scripture “gird up the loins of your mind.” When I finished rehearsing the Scripture for the third time in my mind, I felt the ache in my body that had caused me, in my half slumbering state, to question, “Why do I feel so stiff?”
Then I groggily remembered that in my prayer walks this last week my iPhone had recorded 80,000 steps ~ which meant I had walked 36 miles. No wonder my muscles were sore! That is what is so wonderful about You, Lord. I began to quietly whisper a prayer, “God, not only do You want to talk to me and walk with me, but You also inspire me to exercise!”
I began to thank the Lord for a moment, cuddling like a little puppy, for the wonderful things He has already shown me. They were so wonderful that they were really making me giggle. But I lay there quietly under the sheet. I did not want to disturb anyone as I sensed it was still early. Mind you, I still had not opened my eyes and I didn’t even know if there was sunlight yet. But I was so excited about God’s favor that had been shining on me all week long. I truly must be the richest man in in the world ~ I mean richest with double R’s!
We all know that the word of God says, “For the Lord maketh rich and adds no sorrow with it,” but I was lying here actually experiencing the true riches of God. My wife Sandy, the most kind and beautiful young woman in the world, was sleeping beside me. My three lovely children Rocky, Misty, and Sunny always share with me their rich experiences with the Lord. Their revelations are so beautiful and revelatory that not only are they deepening my own understanding, but they are explaining to me even deeper revelations that I never before could see. I am amazed that my own children have become so deep in the Lord.
Quietly I continued to pray, “Jesus, what You have done to my family has been so phenomenal that even strangers when they see us, stop me and gave praise to You, Lord. Yes! You, Jesus! One elderly woman from the church of England whispered to me, “Last night I spoke to my husband after I saw your family, and said, “Look at them, that family there. They are people of faith. I know it’s because they have a deep relationship with Jesus and that’s why they look that way.” When she told me that, I could see in her eyes how much she loved You, Jesus, and how much she was so glad that You took the time to help and love our family. To tell You the truth Jesus, the whole world loves You!”
At this point I started to cry ~ and I still hadn’t yet opened my eyes! I was lying down on the bed contemplating the wonderful things that You did, Jesus. This was the first few seconds of the day. I really don’t know if there’s a book big enough to contain all the wonderful things that God wants to do for all of us every single day. What I do know is that this day, yes this very day, will go down in my personal history as a long book of wonderful things You have done for me today.
It is my dream and vision that every one of you who read this blog will find a rich relationship with Christ ~ so that every day is a 200,000 page book of the wonderful things that He does for you too!
Pastor Richard Gazowsky