The way to my heart is… Nah only kidding, but people who know me well will know how to buy a gift I will love. I have an extra soft spot for the smelly stuff, so much so, that I ended up at Christmas getting not one but six bottles of beautiful perfume. Not all the same, but included in the gifts was a massive bottle of my absolute favourite Armani, ‘Because It’s You’. I’ve been wearing it for a year or two, and I would say that it is now my “signature scent”. I often get compliments on it or enquires of what the beautiful fragrance is. ( I like to say, that’s just me )
So here’s the thing, it’s not cheap. So before my huge bottle, I got for Christmas, I only ever wore it for special outings and Sundays. But since getting the big bottle at Christmas, I feel I can use it a lot more, so I do. In fact, I have placed it beside the mirror in my front hall, always at hand for that extra squirt on the way out the door. On Sunday as I was getting ready I splashed my perfume and, as I bent down to put on my shoes, I thought about how the scent didn’t have the same impact as usual. So, an extra squirt and out into the car. I wasn’t experiencing the same beautiful aroma. I started to think my perfume had gone off.
Into church and a hug from a friend confirmed my concerns to be misguided as they quickly said, you smell gorgeous. Bingo, my scent was back. The problem lay with how familiar I had grown to the beautiful fragrance. Feeling there was most definitely a lesson in this, I did my little head tilt grin at the Holy Spirit with a whisper of, I get ya God, and the irony of this revelation happening in church.
See, what God was saying to me at that moment was, it’s not just your perfume that you have grown accustomed to and take for granted, it’s also my goodness. JACKPOT!!!… I so do take God’s presence and goodness, blessings, grace and mercy for granted, and it dulls the fantastic fragrance and beauty of it. I get so used to it that it loses its WOW factor. I hate that. I hate that I take God for granted and that every day I’m not blown away by his presence in my life.
It made me think of Israel in the wilderness. God literally rescued them from slavery in Egypt, got them kitted out with all the Egyptian merch to be on their way. Split the sea and then drown the army chasing them. Gave them daily bread from heaven every day. Provided them with a pillar of cloud by day and fire by night to guide them and lead them. And still, they struggled to see his goodness and to trust in him and remain grateful. Like, what’s that about!
So, I may not be alone in my lack of appreciation of God every day, but that still doesn’t make it ok. I want his praise forever to be on my lips. I want to be able to praise God for his goodness in the good times, and in the storms. no matter what circumstances I face. I never want to lose that feeling of being overwhelmed by God.
Ultimately, this lack of gratitude led the Israelites to a life of rebellion and a whole generation dying before they reached the promised land. Two million down to two. It’s a sad story. I don’t want to miss anything God has planned for my loved ones or me. God’s promises will always prevail. God always keeps his word. Whether we see that come to pass, I believe, is down to our attitude. My prayer is that I would always, always have an attitude of gratitude and a thankful heart for God.
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.”
Isaiah 26:3-4 ESV
“Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!”
Psalms 107:8 ESV
“Let every activity of your lives and every word that comes from your lips be drenched with the beauty of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One. And bring your constant praise to God the Father because of what Christ has done for you!”
Colossians 3:17 TPT
Thanks for reading
Love T x