Tuesday, August 16, 2011

summer's love song {part 1: the best for last}

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
      to sing praises to the Most High.
It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning,
      your faithfulness in the evening,
accompanied by the ten-stringed harp
      and the melody of the lyre.
You thrill me, Lord, with all you have done for me!
      I sing for joy because of what you have done.

~Psalm 92:3-4

My daily Scripture reading could not have brought me to a more perfect verse this morning.  I don’t know if there are better words to capture exactly how I feel today, my last day of summer vacation. 

Without a doubt, summer has saved its very best for last.  This past week has been packed with fun, saturated with joy, and filled with little moments that just make me want to stop right where I am and praise God for His unfailing love and faithfulness.

Just to give you a taste, in only the past week I have been:

baking, crafting, reading, swimming, movie-watching, wii-playing, dining in, eating out, praying, cooking, painting, packing, cuddling, water-sliding, hair-styling, reuniting, card-playing, card-winning, organizing, texting, hot-tubbing, journaling, sleeping-in, skyping, walking, sonic happy hour tripping, hugging, internet-surfing, shopping, doctor-appointment keeping, picture-taking, ellipticalling, heart-to-heart talking, connecting, sunning, cleaning, snacking, weight-lifting, driving, riding, blogging, and overall life-loving.

It’s weeks like this that I understand the concept of living life to its fullest.

And you would think that with a week so amazing, so full, so incredible that something as insignificant as the way my body looks would not find time to creep into my thoughts.  But of course, when you’re up so high, the devil has to find some way to bring you down.

So amidst the friending and the laughing and the loving, the devil would whisper his lies into my heart. 

“Are you really going to eat another calorie-packed funfetti cookie?  That shirt is already looking a little too tight around the middle.”

“You are going out of the house looking like that?  Don’t you think you need to put on some more make-up to hide those hideous acne scars?”

“It doesn’t matter how hard, how fast, how long you run, Jenny, you’ll never get that body you desire.”

But it wouldn’t be long afterward that something crazy amazing would happen: 

A friend I hadn’t seen since high school saying, “I really looked up to you and respected you, and you don’t know what an impact you had on my life.” …

A hair dresser commenting, “I’ve read your stuff and you are so talented.  Have you ever considered using your writing for ministry work?” …

A God-moment standing in the dressing room of a TJMaxx, hearing Him say, “My darling, you are beautiful and there is absolutely nothing wrong with you,” and maybe for the first time believing it. …

So, THANK YOU, Lord, for a summer filled with fun times and hard work.  Thank you for old friends who are always there for me, even when they can’t physically be there for me.  Thank you for new friends who have blessed me in ways they don’t even know.  Thank you for the very best family a girl could ask for—I love them more than words could ever say.  But most of all, thank you for Your unfailing love that quenches the most thirsty depths of my soul and for Your faithfulness in both my darkest hours and my shining moments.  You thrill me, Lord, with everything You have done for me.  I sing for joy because of all that You have done.

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