THURSDAY TUNE #31: To Love You Back by Jamie Grace

I was having a conversation with one of my officemates a few hours ago when he said something that caught my attention. He said with a smile and a deep sigh: “You know what, Nicole? Recently, I feel that God has been pursuing me. It’s amazing because even though I’ve been struggling week after week, He still continues to pursue me.”

When my officemate shared this to me, it reminded me of how humbling it is to be pursued and desired by God. He made the heavens and the earth. He made every part of our bodies. He can even make miracles happen in a heartbeat if He wants to. And yet, this same God is our God who loves us; who knows exactly what is in our hearts; and who desires to have a personal relationship with us.

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“If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.  How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.

(Psalm 139:8-10, 14-18)

As I read through the Bible verses mentioned above, I find myself thanking the Lord for His relentless love for me. Yes, He has been pursuing you and me. But, have we been pursuing God? Have we been delighting in who He is and in His Word?

I’d like to share a song by Jamie Grace which has been very instrumental in encouraging me to draw near to God and pursue Him more than anything. I hope that this will bless your hearts as well as you seek the Lord this week.

 

THURSDAY TUNE #21: Beautiful Day

For the second time this week, I honestly thought that I was going to breathe my last this morning. I went to work earlier than usual today because I wanted to catch up on the work I missed yesterday. But after 40 minutes of settling down and doing some of my tasks, my cough acted up again.

My throat became so itchy that I had to excuse myself so I could cough outside our department’s office. I decided to go straight to the comfort room to ease myself; however, before I even got there, I stopped in the middle of one of our showrooms and coughed with all my might.  I remember it happening so fast. I really couldn’t breathe for a few seconds and my face and neck instantly heated up and became red.

As soon as I could, I ran towards the comfort room, coughed again and again, and washed my face to cool myself down. I couldn’t talk much, but I remember my heart faintly calling out to God. I then went to the nearest room with a phone and I called my mom and dad. I told them about what happened and they advised me to go home as soon as possible.

When I got home, my parents (who are doctors) checked up on me and concluded that the bacteria in me had already reached my bronchus — which means that I most probably have acute bronchitis.

So many thoughts entered my mind after hearing their diagnosis. “If only I had recently taken more vitamin C.” “If only I had regularly gargled with Bactidol.” “Now, I’m going to miss a lot of work.” “This is such a hassle.” And the negative thoughts kept coming and coming until I was reminded of God’s sovereignty. He knew that I would have this sickness even before I was born, so why should I worry about it. God is in control.

From Google Images
From Google Images

Despite the many negative vibes I’ve welcomed in my mind, deep down in my heart, I still believe that God will always be with me and that His love for me will never change no matter what situation I’m in. I then remembered a song that I was listening to last night. It’s one of those songs that lightens up my mood and encourages me at the same time because it has so much truth in it.

I hope that as you listen to it tonight, you’ll be encouraged to let your heart and mind dwell on God’s truth too: That He loves you and me. :)

Because of this truth, we have so much to be thankful for, even though we’re having a really tough day (or when we’re already losing our breath :) ). Indeed, today still is a beautiful day.

Zephaniah 3:17 says: “The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love…”