Zephaniah 3:17 ~ 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; he will exult over you with loud singing. (ESV)
Hebrews 4:16 ~ Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (ESV)
A few summers ago, I woke up in a bad mood. Plenty of people wake up in a bad mood from time to time, so you might be wondering why this was such a memorable event.
As it so happened, I was on vacation. With the entire family.
Who wakes up in a bad mood on vacation? I knew I needed an attitude adjustment.
So I took my grouchy self to the balcony of our condo and sat there with my Bible in my lap and stared out at the ocean.
I have a thing for the ocean.
I like to look at it. To listen to it. To walk beside it. To play in it.
I find it fascinating, relaxing, exhilarating and humbling.
After a few minutes of breathing in salty air and intentionally choosing to quiet myself, I started to talk to God.
Here’s the gist of our talk:
Me: How could anyone look at this and think You don’t exist?
Me: It’s so huge.
Me: I wonder what is exactly across the ocean from where I sit now?
Me: I do love the ocean, Father. Please tell me we’ll have oceans in heaven.
A bit of a pause.
(Note: I am not making this up and yes, this really is how I talk to God.)
Me: Well, maybe not in heaven, but how about on the new earth?
Me: Yeah, I bet there will be. The earth is what, 70% ocean or something? I think you must have a thing for oceans, too. I bet they’re your favorite.
God, with a chuckle: You are my favorite.
Me: (Totally speechless for about two minutes).
Now, first of all, if you don’t think God chuckles, let me just assure you.
Second, I would like to remind you that at this point, I had not opened my Bible. I had not asked God to forgive me for waking up grouchy.
All I had done was approach the throne.
With a bad attitude.
And what does He have to say to me?
You are my favorite.
I’m sorry God. You must have me confused with someone else. Someone who wakes up singing worship songs. Someone who never loses her temper. Someone much better than me.
You are my favorite.
I sat there for another few minutes pondering the idea of being God’s favorite. Of all the things He created, it was mankind He chose to make in His image. It was mankind into whom He chose to breathe the breath of life. It was mankind He created for relationship with Him.
I did get around to asking God to forgive me for my foul temper, but by then it was long gone.
How could I be in a bad mood when God just told me He likes me better than the ocean, bad attitude and all?
I don’t know what kind of a day you’re having or how long it’s been since you sat still long enough for God to whisper in your ear that He thinks you’re awesome.
Please don’t let your bad attitude stop you.
Run to Him. Take Him all your junk.
Never, ever be afraid to approach your Abba.
After all, you are His favorite, too!
Abba, We are in awe of your love. Help us to remember that we are your beloved children. Help us never to be afraid to run to you.