Just To Be Here
By Katrina Fuller
The lake glittered like a thousand pieces of cut glass, the sky a light blue that only summer produces, and the scent of the earth filled my car as I drove the winding way back to work.
It was a perfect moment, packed into a glorious day – when suddenly, I realized how miraculous it is that I get to exist.
By all rights, I’m living on borrowed time, my friends.
Without the care of a loving God, a team of doctors and the fervent prayers of my family, chances are I wouldn’t be here today.
I’ve shared my tale before, so I won’t recount it here, but it’s strange when you really think about all the events, chances and details that lead to one’s life continuing on.
“I’m just lucky to be here,” I thought as I drove along.
I wasn’t thinking about just being in my car, or having the opportunity of seeing the lake – but actually just existing on this planet with my friends and family.
Sometimes, I let the circumstances of life cloud my mind, and steal the joy right from my heart.
Sometimes, I swallow the lie that society sells that I need to be a certain size to be happy, or a certain bank account balance to be wealthy, or a certain amount of material goods before I can call myself blessed.
What the world call wealth, happiness and being blessed pales in comparison to what the Lord offers us.
Like the prodigal son, when we return to the Lord from our wandering, he provides us a feast, clothes us in his grace and gives us all we need as we make our way toward the Kingdom.
It's nothing we have to wait for, because as soon as we confess our sins, lay down our burdens and accept the love God has for us, he does this:
"But the father said to his servants,‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23 And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate." Luke 15:22-24.
We are provided the riches and wealth of being alive, being forgiven and the love of our Heavenly Father.
When we arise each morning, we have received yet another day that we did nothing to earn. When we embrace our friends and family, share experiences with coworker or wave hello to a stranger, we are living out a daily reminder of true beauty, true grace and true wealth.
The verse speaks for itself:
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? – Matthew 6:25
I pray that you all will rest easy tonight, and remember – the blessing is not just what is to come, but also what already is.