May 26 Devotion

Yesterday, Barbara and I took all of our grandkids to the Dickerson Park Zoo. Better known as the Springfield Zoo. We enjoy this trip. Trying to make it an annual thing. It was the first zoo experience for our youngest, Liam. The others are zoo veterans now. What’s cool about the zoo is how the kiddos react to seeing the animals. All four of them showed pure joy. It was “real” joy. But, seeing Liam’s face was awesome. Watching him giggle and laugh at all of it. Not many things better in this world than the laughter of a 3 year old grandkid. Especially when it’s a reaction to a first time experience. Actually, not many things better than the laughter of all of our grandkids. Those of you who are grandparents can relate to this I’m sure. 

Now, let’s think about the joy we experienced when we first came to know Jesus. I bet some of us were moved to tears. Or maybe you laughed in excitement. Think about how your lives changed. I remember sitting in my high school coach’s living room. Sitting there talking about that night in 1990. How that one moment changed my life forever. I’ll never forget it. Coach was always black and white with me. He wasn’t concerned about hurting my feelings. Especially, when the topic at hand was of great importance. My salvation being one of those topics. He straight out asked me if I thought I would have gone to heaven if I died that November night. I told him I wasn’t sure. His response: “Well, if you don’t know, then you probably wouldn’t have.” No more important words have ever been said to me. EVER!!!

I asked Jesus into my life that night. January 4, 1992. I immediately felt it. I knew he was there. His presence was there. Not sure if I can explain the feeling. Joy. Happiness. Relief maybe. Maybe all the above. Honestly, all the above and more is more like it. It was my first time experiencing his grace. His hope. His love. It was then that I knew heaven awaited me. And heaven awaits me now. I have had other experiences where I felt those emotions. When I felt the Holy Spirit really working on me. Working in me. And here’s what is even more cool. Everyone of us can have this. Everyone of us can feel these. EVERYONE OF US. That includes you. So if you don’t already, make today the day to come to know him. Welcome him into your heart. If you do know him, maybe you need to try to rekindle the fire. Or maybe try to let the Holy Spirit consume you. Wherever you are in your faith, maybe make today the day.

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