One of the most familiar verses in the New Testament is John 3:16, and two words of this verse have been on my mind for a day or two: He gave.
These two words, He gave, are a mystery to me. What did God give? He gave fragrance to the flowers and taste to our food.
I see more of His gifts whenever I drive through the Flint Hills of Kansas, the Rockies of Colorado, or the Black Hills of South Dakota. Why did God give these wonders of nature this thing we call beauty?
Then there are two opposites that seem to have a magnetic attraction that draw people to them. God gave us fire and water and there is a universal appeal to gaze into a campsite fire or to listen to the deafening sound of a waterfall.
God gave us all of these for several reasons. He gave some of it for our enjoyment, and He gave some for our health and nourishment.
If you read the rest of John 3:16, you will discover the greatest gift that God gave: He gave His only begotten Son that whosover believes in Him might have eternal life. Why did God give the gift of His Son? John answers this question in the 10th chapter of his Gospel: that we might have life, and have it more abundantly.
Here’s a thought to keep you thinking. The next breath you take, make it a deep one, and then pause to thank God for the beauty and fragrance of life.
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