Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Devotional 106 Passionate Gaze

"God smiles when we love Him supremely, trust Him completely, obey Him wholeheartedly, and praise and thank Him continually."    Rick Warren    The Purpose Driven Life

"Whom have I in heaven but You? I desire You more than anything on earth."  Psalm 73:25

So the conversation went like this with the three year old who observed the large number of presents under my tree.

"Where's mine?" She stood staring at the big and little shapes of colored bows and sparkly paper.

"I gave yours to you today. Remember? We played together with it. You know, the little dogs." I replied.

She gave me no eye contact but continued to peruse the gifts under the tree.

"Where's mine under there?" she repeated.

"There isn't one for you. These are for husband, son, daughter, grand-daughter, and me. I already gave you yours."

With single minded passion, drowning out all the other voices, she finally turned to me with pleading eyes and said, "But, Auntie, where's mine?"

Chuckling, her Dad said to me, "She's not listening to a word you are saying."

Her gaze was on the gift and everything else dimmed in importance around her.

That's the way we want our new year to start...with our eyes on the great gift. the treasure supreme..JESUS! So wonderful His love sparkles in our life. He brings color to our darkness, purpose to our dullness. Let us place our gaze on our beautiful Savior.

Whom have we in heaven or earth but Jesus! Look to Jesus! Love Him! Thank Him! Be still and know God. Have a passionate gaze that stirs your heart and lifts you up, that fills the emptiness, that brings you hope and joy...JESUS!