In the three weeks between Memorial Day and June 8th we celebrated a college graduation, an important medical school milestone, the birth of a baby, and a wedding.
The busy days surrounding this convergence of major life events featured a vehicle clogged driveway, re-inhabited bedrooms, and a large and lively crowd around the dining room table. I loved every minute of it.
It was a time to celebrate, and we did so with joy and gratitude.
In one (rare) quite moment during the week before the wedding I read Psalm 128 as the next stop on my circuit through the Psalms, and I realized that I was living the promise of that Psalm.
“The children around your table
as fresh and promising as young olive shoots.
Stand in awe of God’s Yes.
Oh, how he blesses the one who fears God!”*
Yes, this is the abundant life that I promise!
Yes, these are the blessings I desire to shower upon my people!
Yes, enjoy the life and the family that I have given you!
Overwhelming gratitude and humility are my heart’s responses to God’s Yes. I don’t deserve his favor, his Yes. But, a relationship with God is never really about what we deserve. Instead, it is based on what He graciously offers to us out of His generous heart.
I stand in awe of God’s Yes!
It’s wonderful to rejoice in God’s resounding Yes, but what about when God is silent or we hear only the thud of a No? I relate to that too, for there are some areas of my life in which I have yet to experience His Yes.
Life’s Yes moments remind me to trust God through the No moments, for they are evidence of his Yes-inclined heart. As I praise and thank God for His Yes, I realize that I must also accept His No or his Not now.
God’s ultimate Yes is in Jesus Christ. While I don’t presume to understand what God does, maybe He says No in some areas of our lives so that we will seek a better Yes in Jesus. When we find all of our satisfaction and joy in Him we have eternal and constant cause for celebration.
“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.” 2 Corinthians 1:20
How have you experienced God’s Yes?
*Psalm 128:3b-4 from The Message