What Am I Grateful For Today… Blue Skies

19 Heaven is declaring God’s glory; the sky is proclaiming his handiwork.
One day gushes the news to the next, and one night informs another what needs to be known.
Of course, there’s no speech, no words— their voices can’t be heard—
    but their sound[a] extends throughout the world; their words reach the ends of the earth. God has made a tent in heaven for the sun.

The sun is like a groom coming out of his honeymoon suite; like a warrior, it thrills at running its course.
It rises in one end of the sky; its circuit is complete at the other. Nothing escapes its heat (Psalm 19:1-6, Common English Bible).

I am sure there are those who would argue, but when I went outside today I was grabbed by the beauty of the day. This day is a far cry from a Saturday, Sunday and a few more days that followed when the area around where I live endured the unwanted guest of Hurricane Harvey who just did not want to go away.

I know we could probably use a nice, steady, gentle rain. As I type this it is Friday night and the 10:00 nightly news is on. The weather forecast for the next week seems to show it will a lot closer to this day’s weather than it will be to Hurricane Harvey (praise God) or even the rain we could use.

It is not uncommon for me to get prayer requests when we are in need of a weather change. I always tell people I don’t pray about changes in the weather. I believe God not only answers prayer, God sometimes answers prayer abundantly.

I had been at a former church less than two weeks. The old proverbial saying of “The good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise,” took on a literal meaning. It was RAINING and had been for a while. It wasn’t Harvey bad but it was bad. I started getting calls at the parsonage from people telling me they wouldn’t be at church that morning. The creek had risen. The wooden bridges over the creeks on the rural county roads had literally floated away. I began the service by saying, “Whoever among you has been praying for rain, you can stop now. Your prayers have been answered abundantly.”

Rain doesn’t bother me and when we get it, particularly when we really need it, I am grateful. But there is something special about an absolutely gorgeous day like we are experiencing here in Sweeny the last few days that should make us say, “Hey God, I see what you did there and I am grateful.”

Blue Skies are what I am grateful for today. What about you? What are you grateful for today? Write it in your journal. Share it with someone else. Let them see there is always something for which they can be thankful!

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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