My first day in jail, God brought me to a book
that changed my whole view of Him;
“Power In Praise”, by Merlin Carothers.
It is an older book, but I can summarize its entirety in one bible passage:
“in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God...”
- 1 Thessalonians 5:18
And it is difficult to do, praise God in everything.
But here is the primary reason why:
because the purpose of everything in existence
is not about me, nor my comfort or desires.
And I had to learn this the hard way,
by wasting what God had given me
and instead ‘spending’ myself in foolish pursuits.
In the process of earning an early release
through the SUMMIT Boot-Camp program
I began to see myself in a new way...
the lost son returning home.
Visualizing my eventual release,
I began to see a celebration coming!
The celebration would be like King David-
dancing before the Lord, to worship Him,
even if it meant that I too may look ‘undignified’.
So from the last incarceration I hope to ever know,
we went to the nearby beach.
I ran, jumped in the water, and did handstands...
want to see some pictures of the event?
When I fell to my knees I gave God thanks... for everything.
And when I ran, I felt Gods pleasure
as if He was running with me
celebrating my return.
I like to think I see God loudly exclaiming to everyone nearby,
“My son has returned to me!
What a joy it is to see him happy for My love in him.”
Do you ever think that God longs to celebrate with You?
Luke 15:7 - “I tell you there will be much rejoicing in heaven...”