Wendy van Eyck is married to Xylon, who talks non-stop about cycling, and makes her laugh. She writes for anyone who has ever held a loved one’s hand through illness, ever believed in God despite hard circumstances or ever left on a spontaneous 2-week holiday through a foreign land with just a backpack. You can follow Wendy’s story and subscribe to receive her free ebook, “Life, life and more life” at ilovedevotionals.com. She would also love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter.
Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. Psalm 23:6a (MSG)
When my husband was first diagnosed with cancer I spent a few hours going through the bible and marking verses that spoke about God’s love for me. It was the only way I knew to see God's love in the situation.
In those first few broken days of learning he had cancer I clung to those verses.
I read them through tears.
I hopped from one to the other finding hope in the words of love.
As I read I invited God’s love to follow me into my fears and despair.
I knew that God’s love for me was my only hope. And I clutched it like a security blanket.
Recently I came across one of the verses I marked about God’s love in Psalm 23. I was reminded that God’s beauty and love chase after me, snapping at my heals, waiting to overwhelm me. Every day.
Sometimes when I look at a photo there is a person or thing in the background that completely steals the focus of the picture. I think God’s love can be like that.
When I reflect on my life, or the last year or even yesterday, I can see God’s love and beauty have been there even when I never expected to capture it.
God’s love has been the photobomb in every moment of my life. (tweet this)
God’s unfailing love has been pursuing me since the day I wiggled my toes for the first time. It followed me as I walked barefoot through a forest to say “I do”. And his love chased after me as I looked at my feet while the doctor said, “Your husband has cancer”.
God’s love has always been my shadow. (tweet this)
As I read through the highlighted verses about love in my bible, the one’s I chose in dark days, I’m reminded that the world can be full of hard things and death valleys, but it’s also a place where God’s goodness and unfailing love pursue me. Every. Single. Day.
Ponder: Where in your life today is God chasing after you with love? When you reflect on your day yesterday where did you see his beauty? If you’d like to share a few of these moments in the comments I’d love to read them.
Prayer: Lord, open my eyes to your beauty and love every day of my life. Amen.
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