"O Daniel, man greatly beloved..."
That is how the angel in Daniel's last vision addressed him.
I'm so jealous.
I can't imagine the honor of being addressed in such a way - obviously this angel had heard God call Daniel this - and in my mind's eye (or mind's ear) I hear tenderness in the voice of God saying " Go tell my greatly beloved and faithful servant Daniel what will happen in the last days..."
I so much want to be a good and faithful servant.
I so rarely am either one.
How is it possible to be privileged to know the King of the universe, the Creator of all things, the One Who died rather than live without me - how is it possible to be distracted from that great Gift? How can I possibly complain about anything in my life when the great mystery of my existence (that God chose me from before the foundation of the world - for reasons only He knows) is there, shining fiercely , radiating eternal Love?
I should be thanking Him for each breath, for the gift of eternal Life, reigning and ruling with Him for 1000 years in Jerusalem, and not going to hell, where I belong.
No, I am not a sinner of "big" sins - just an ordinary, everyday, garden variety sinner. Yet in God's eyes, I was as black as night - or, rather, drenched in scarlet - and He made me white as snow. How can it be that I am not face down before Him, thanking Him every single second of my life for paying my way into the Holy of Holies? [see April, "The Price He Paid"] How is it that I am indifferent to His majesty, going about my grocery shopping in a more intent manner than I "practice the presence of God?" How am I not overwhelmed by the ability to call this Being, this Unfathomable One, "Papa"?
I have no answer.
To my shame.
Papa, please light a torch inside of me, one that blazes through the universe with Love for You. Place a compass inside my heart that always, always points me to You (and as I pray that prayer, I realize He already has: He's called the Holy Spirit.) Teach me Your ways, that I might be always pleasing to You.
I saw a cartoon the other day, with a giant mosquito in it.
The caption read, "I want to be so filled with the Holy Spirit that when a mosquito bites me, he flies away singing "There's power in the Blood..."
Make it so, Papa, oh please, make it so.