On Eagles' Wings: Living the 'Is'
by Amy Torres | For the Patterson Irrigator
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“This is the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away....

Somewhere over the rainbow....

I wish...

If only...

Haven't we all uttered the cry of want for something more than what we're currently experiencing or holding in our hands? The dream makers of magazines, movies and products know the dissatisfaction of most humans, and play to our emotions. Marketing to our dissatisfaction is very effective. The lure of something we've lost or is just beyond our grasp is constantly being dangled before us, enticing us to

want other than what we have, whether it's things, relationships, looks or time. None of us are immune to the siren call of dissatisfaction. I know I must continually fight the negative lure of discontent. Just today I had a moment of the “if only” when it came to a time situation. I quickly recognized what was happening and adjusted my attitude to the reality of what “is” rather than give in to the frustration of “I wish.” I am actively working on no longer looking longingly either backwards or forward, but embracing the now.

Learning to live in the present is a valuable thing. Like Paul in the book of Philippians, I am learning the value of contentment through Christ who strengthens me. I have learned God will supply all my needs according to the riches of His glory.

Getting to know Him intimately and personally has been the avenue where I learned the lessons. You see, my God is the ever present God. He is the great I AM. To live in the most active sense of contentment is to live in His perfect will as His beloved child. The only way any of us can do that is by accepting the sacrificial gift He gave in His Son Jesus Christ. Through Christ's obedient act the invitation is open to any who are willing to receive the gift of grace.

Easter is Sunday March 31. For some, it is a day of new clothes, new shoes, bunny rabbits, colored eggs and candy. For the Christ-follower, it is the day commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave. Death has no power over the eternal God. As Christ says in John 14:6, He is life.

There's nothing wrong in enjoying a new outfit and a fun day finding eggs and the treasure of candy or some other goodie inside, but don't miss the true value of the holiday. The most valuable thing anyone could desire is the peace and contentment of knowing they are deeply loved and of immeasurable worth. God showed us all, and continues to show us His most amazing love in the gift of His Son. “For

God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16-17).

The presence of the ever-present God is a present available to all.

Don't miss it by looking behind or ahead, but by opening your hands to receive what is being offered in the here and now. He says “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill and to destroy, but I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
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