"How precious are your thoughts about me, O God! They are innumerable! I can't even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up in the morning you are still with me!" Psalm 139:17-18 NLT
I remember the days when I was dating Sarah Ellen. For most of that time, she was in Carollton, Georgia attending college. I was in Fort Worth, Texas--12 hours away--enrolled in seminary. Needless to say, we spent many hours on the telephone trying to make those miles disappear. I would take a lot of good natured joking from the guys when the phone would ring and someone would announce that it was for me. My heart would leap because I knew that someone (not just anyone, but this girl I loved so much) was thinking about me. I think we're all the same.
At my house, every afternoon is mail time. Unfortunately, on most days, the majority of the mail is from someone wanting to sell us something or to collect on a bill. But there are those days when one of the kids will get a birthday invitation or a holiday card. There face will light up and I see in them the same thoughts I had not so long ago--"Someone was thinking of me." I read the verse above this morning and I thought about the Easter holiday as it is approaching. How amazing is it that, when Christ was layed on that cross to give himself up, God was thinking of me? Even more amazing is the fact that He has never stopped. Long before I was conceived, God thought of me. Last week, when I lost my cool and blew up at my kids, God was thinking of me. Next week, when I screw up again, He'll still be thinking of me. And those thoughts are so unimaginable, so innumerable that I could spend the rest of my life thinking of Him and never "outthink" Him. Tonight when I lie down and tomorrow when I get up--He'll still be going. He'll never tire, never get bored. When some new child is born, they won't squeeze me out. My sin won't squelch it and time cannot diminish it--God loves me and He's thinking about me. It makes my face light up to think of it--not just anyone, but someone I love so much can't take His mind off of me. I hope you feel that reality in your life right at this moment. No matter what the condition of your life, God loves you and can't stop thinking of you. Hope it makes you feel all warm inside to know that the Creator longs to be with you.