This post is several years old and comes from my old blog, Putting on the New. I had just read a book I liked, and each time I read something new or do a Bible study, I feel like I learn just a little bit more about God and life and myself. Little by little, the image that I am a child of God solidifies with each physical and emotional step I take.
This summer I did a book club thingy for Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts. I loved the book, and was so inspired by it. There were several in our group who couldn’t get through it, saying it was too artsy and poetic. And it was, in places. But mostly, I loved it.
I like when a book or song gives me something I can meditate on for months and years to come, and this book (and the class that followed) did just that. The concept I have carried with me is this:
God is always good, and I am always loved.
You’re probably thinking that perhaps this shouldn’t be a new revelation. I should know this. Everyone should.
But I don’t always feel this. I have had to learn about this special and perfect love from God because it’s not something I’ve had a lot of. I’m learning, and He’s been patient. But along the way in my journey I’ve misunderstood the things that have happened to me in my life. There are times when I’ve thought God was punishing me, hating me. God hating us… can you imagine? But in times of desperation and hurt, my thoughts have turned to questions… what does God have against me?
I’ve learned that He doesn’t have anything against me. He is only for me. God has helped me learn, and the fact that He’s been patient with me shows how much He loves us.
In reading One Thousand Gifts, I’ve been meditating on this thought: God is always good, and I am always loved. Always. Despite the painful ways of this world. Despite my own misplaced vision of God’s love at times… He comes through. He’s there. Always.
And if you want further inspiration, consider taking one of my Painting the Psalms ecourses. These ecourses are all separate projects where we create a mixed media painting with inspiration from a particular Psalm. It’s a great way to get into the beauty of the Psalms in a different way. OR, consider picking up my book, Painting the Psalms.