You are God. I praise you. You are the Lord, I worship you. I long to stand in awe of you, but my humanness wants to bring you down to my level; to explain away the great deeds you have done. My pride does not want to fully accept your power and might. My need to control keeps me from being open to the full wonder of what you have created; what you have created from nothing. Open my eyes, Lord, to your glory. Open my heart that I might fully experience the emotions of awe and wonder! Humble me that I might see you for who you really are.
We live in a world where we tamp down our emotions. We perceive emotions as something weak; something that makes us less. The truth is that our emotions help us to live life to the fullest, and Jesus came into the world that we might live life abundantly. He is with us in our sufferings, in our joys, in our every day life. He wants to more fully share in these experiences with us. He wants to show us how to experience them more fully.
We perceive pain as evil, as bad. It is. However, all things work to the good, and this applies even to the less enjoyable moments in our lives. If you are suffering today, physically or emotionally, I encourage you to spend sometime with the God who loves you. Ask him to show you how to more fully embrace the experience; how to let it be a transformative experience for you and for others. Ask him for joy, despite your circumstances. Ask him to heal you, but only if it be his will. Ask him for grace to accept his will joyfully.
May God teach us how to embrace life more fully, and to live joyfully through the ups and downs; grateful for what he has given, and blessing him for what he has not given. He is our Lord, our all-knowing God. Let us trust him more fully each and every day of our lives.