Psalm 46:4-5 There is a river whose streams MAKES GLAD the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.
Two years ago, the bathroom in our rented house went under a major renovation. Of course, while the renovation was underway, our lives for one month were also turned upside down. But…at last, after waiting albeit impatiently, the revolution in our bathroom was more than our expectation. In exchange for black wall tiles and a PVC floor, now we had white stained wall and floor tiles and yes, in place of the shower, we got a bathtub. YES, A BEAUTIFUL BATHTUB. To crown it all, my husband bought us sweet scented candles and bathtub herbs to go with the newness of our bathroom!
Then the day came for me to test our new bathtub. With the tub filled almost to the brim, I jumped into the water and covered myself under the foams as my eyes closed into a relaxed manner. The dim lighting from the candles with its sweet smell fragrance made everything look even more perfect. As I lay there, without a care in the world, I heard these words as clear as noonday. ‘YOU WILL NEVER BE HAPPIER THAN YOU ARE RIGHT NOW.’ Suddenly, my eyes popped opened, a little stranded at what I heard because I knew why the Lord had put those words in my heart.
You see, because we live in a rented house, my attitude was, if only this was my bathtub…in my own house? I was enjoying my bath, but there was a part of me that wanted more than what I had. I was happy….but I wanted to be happy based on what I possessed. The bathtub bath gave me pleasure, but I thought it I owned the tub…then I would be happier. Right there and then, God corrected my attitude. HAPPINESS IS NOT BASED ON WHAT ONE IS AIMING FOR, but rather…finding joy in the place where one is at a given time. In the same way, the Lord reminded me, that I can only fight for the LOVE I CAN KEEP.
And so…I have learned, to fight for the love of my wonderful husband; to fight for the love of my lovely daughter; to fight for the lovely for my mother; to fight for the love of family and friends; to fight and only to fight for the LOVE I CAN KEEP. With or without a bathtub, my life is and will be as happy and lovely as it is. With or without a house of my own, my family is and will always be the most important earthly possession that I will always fight to keep.
I don’t know about you. But do you have things you are fighting to keep, yet…deep down you know without them you will still be as happy? Are you trying to fight for something that you cannot keep? Or if you keep, it will be at your own loss?
I have good news for you. THERE IS A RIVER… the source of true happiness, and love and peace.
I have better news for you. THERE IS A CITY… the place where the Most High dwells…the source of hope, security and redemption.
Go…to that river, abide in that city…and you will always be happy…and you will find the LOVE YOU CAN KEEP for good.